Ramaphosa camp start KZN lobby

2015-12-21 13:57
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Pietermaritzburg - The battle for control of the eThekwini Region — the ANC’s “kingmaker province” — is getting intense as other provinces weigh in on eThekwini’s power battle ahead of the 2017 ANC national conference.

A source in eThekwini region, who is in the camp that want current Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to be elected as ANC president in 2017, said they are receiving support from other provinces in their efforts to challenge the outcomes of the eThekwini regional conference.

The newly elected eThekwini slate, which is headed by chairperson Zandile Gumede who ousted eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo, is seen to be in the so-called premier league.

“Traditionally, eThekwini is known as the kingmakers in the national conference, hence all the factions are wanting to go to the national conference having eThekwini under their wing.

It had previously been reported that the premier league is made up of premiers — Ace Magashule, David Mabuza and Supra Mahumapelo — who are also ANC provincial chairmen in Free State, Mpumalanga and North West respectively.

The group is said to be punting for African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be elected as the next ANC president in 2017.

“But this time, provinces are divided. It is nothing like KZN in 2007, when they went to Polokwane to elect president Jacob Zuma. “That is why you will find that both camps have support in all the provinces,” said the source.

Barely a week after eThekwini Region elected the new leadership, there is already unrest in the region.

Ward 25 ANC members are expected to today to their constituency office to complain about delegates who represented their branch at the regional conference. The group had tried to stop eThekwini conference from taking place, but their application for an urgent court interdict was dismissed by the Durban high court.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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