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ANC KZN 'smoothly' heading to Mangaung

2012-08-27 17:30

Durban - Processes leading up to the ANC's national elective conference in Mangaung in December will run smoothly, party leaders in KwaZulu-Natal said on Monday.

"This includes the process of auditing branches, nominating of delegates, and nomination of candidates for all national executive committee positions which will start in October this year," the party said in a statement.

"We believe all processes will go smoothly because the ANC is united in KwaZulu-Natal and we also we have a very strong, cohesive and vibrant alliance that continually debates issues honestly and follows the proper internal processes of our movement when engaging."

The African National Congress in the province held a lekgotla in Howick on Friday and Saturday.

KwaZulu-Natal is the ANC's biggest province and President Jacob Zuma's home province. The province was reportedly supporting Zuma for a second terms as ANC president.

The Sowetan reported recently that the ANC's eThekwini region in KwaZulu-Natal, the party's biggest, publicly endorsed Zuma two weeks ago.

"As the region, we are united behind the ANC and its NEC, which is led by President Jacob Zuma," regional secretary Bheki Ntshangase was quoted as saying.

The ANC said it also discussed the August 16 shooting of 34 workers at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, North West.

Politically-motivated murders

"The PEC believes the incident could have been avoided through proper engagement between the unions and the management of the mine," it said.

It commended Zuma for cutting his trip to a Southern African Development Community meeting in Mozambique short so he could address the situation.

Politically-motivated murders in KwaZulu-Natal were also on the agenda.

"The ANC is concerned with what seems to be a systematic campaign to eliminate our councillors to reverse the gains of democracy in the province," it said.

ANC ward councillor Jimmy Lembede was shot dead in Estcourt last week. At the time, ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the party was concerned over what seemed to be a systematic campaign to eliminate its councillors.

KwaZulu-Natal Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu told the provincial legislature on August 2 that there was an increase in the number of politically-related killings in the second part of 2011 and in 2012.

Provincial chairperson Zweli Mkhize presented a political overview to the lekgotla.

"[It] clearly outlined what the ANC-led provincial government and municipalities have achieved. The overview also highlighted challenges that the departments and municipalities still face and the strategies the ANC wants to employ to accelerate service delivery," the ANC said.

Service delivery, education, health, and the abuse of women and children were also discussed.