Row over ANC provincial chair

2015-12-10 10:30

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Pietermaritzburg - The man behind two marches protesting the election of Sihle Zikalala as the ANC provincial chairperson is adamant his supporters will not attend this weekend’s eThekwini regional conference.

Sithenjwa Nyawose said the alliance between Zikalala and councillor Zandile Gumede, who is contesting for the position of regional chiarperson of eThekwini, was the main reason for the stayaway.

Gumede, who is seen to be close to Zikalala, is expected to take on eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo for the position.

Nxumalo supported Premier Senzo Mchunu for re-election as the provincial chairperson in the disputed conference.

Gumede said she would not entertain the comments of people who chose to voice their concerns outside ANC structures. Gumede added there was nothing untoward with “her admiring the leadership of Zikalala”.

“I admire him as someone who has a proven track record of leadership since his days with the youth league. He is not a divisive leader, I know he is going to build unity in the party,” she said.

On Tuesday provincial secretary Super Zuma announced that the party would take “tough action on members involved in anarchy”. Zuma also made mention of Nyawose, saying he had crossed the line.

However, Nyawose, who is also a ward councillor in the eThekwini Municipality, felt neither Zuma nor any members of the new provincial leadership had the authority to summon or subject him to a disciplinarily hearing.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

THE ANC’s top brass, including President Jacob Zuma and secretary-general Gwede Mantashe are expected meet the provincial leadership and aggrieved members at Coastlands Hotel in Durban today.

There has been unrest in the party structures in the province as some have contested the outcomes of the conference which elected Sihle Zikalala as the new provincial chair.

ANC provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said “the national leadership will hear the complaints of those who are contesting the outcomes of the provincial conference”.

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