ANC regions in KZN to elect new leaders

2011-08-10 17:00

Durban - Eleven ANC regions in KwaZulu-Natal will elect new leaders between August and November this year, the party said.

The first elective conference would be held in the Lower South Coast at the end of August, African National Congress provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said on Wednesday.

Elective conferences in the ANC are held every two years for branches, every three years for regional, every four years for provincial and every five years for national leaderships.

Acting ANC chairperson in the powerful eThekwini region, which incorporates the city of Durban, Stanley Xulu, said their conference would be held on October 15 or 16.

Political analyst Velaphi Ndlovu said the regional conferences would determine the outcome of elections at the ruling party’s elective conference next year. ANC regional leaders had played a significant role in getting President Jacob Zuma elected ANC president in 2007.

"What we have seen in the past is that people who get elected in these conferences become very influential. Regional conferences paved the way for Zuma."

Regional conferences also determined who got what government job or tenders.

"The ANC regional chairman position in the eThekwini regional is very powerful. The chairman is more powerful than the mayor," Ndlovu said.

  • Eurocentric - 2011-08-10 17:36

    The black mind has been thoroughly colonized by the white man. Don't get me wrong, I too would like to see the ANC change for the better. To represent the LEFT of the political spectrum. They need to represent the working class masses of this country. They need to realise that justice needs to be done. Don't you believe in justice? I think that the ANC should take a step back, and look at this piece of land we now call South Africa, and consider all that has happened on it. If they do they, they will be able to see EVERYTHING IN CONTEXT. Once they have seen everything in CONTEXT, the right steps can be taken towards racial JUSTICE and EQUITY. What the white people in this day and age keep doing, is pointing to individuals and the ANC government which makes up about 0.00001% of the country and they have been in power for only 17 years. The white people continue to look at the people at the bottom IN ISOLATION, instead of putting everything IN CONTEXT and realise that they are at the bottom because others have oppressed and subjugated them. You also have to look at the FLIP SIDE OF THIS OPPRESSION AND SUBJUGATION. White people have UNJUSTLY BENEFITED WHICH MEANS THAT THEY HAVE to be considered in the equation when talking about racial justice and equality. BOTTOM LINE: WHEN TALKING ABOUT RACIAL JUSTICE AND EQUALITY, ONE HAS TO LOOK AT BOTH SIDES OF THE EQUATION.

      Eurocentric - 2011-08-10 17:37

      "No one ever gave me anything" NONSENSE 400 Years of white supremacy set your life up and screwed up the lives of billions of people of colour all over the world. What happens in one generation effects the next and the next and the next... generation! You don't seem to get that. If my father was held down, I will be at a major disadvantage. If my forefathers had help from the formal system of white supremacy, I will be at a major advantage. All white people have benefited from an unjust system

      Eurocentric - 2011-08-10 17:37

      White people have a problem with the word overprivileged. It draws attention to the fact that there's a flip side of oppression. We tend to talk about the people on the bottom of the food chain ("underprivileged" black people) without paying any attention to those at the top. They are at the top because of racial oppression and subordination. If the word "overprivileged" existed, people would be wise to the fact that justice needs to take place and drastic steps need to be taken to achieve racial equity and justice.

      Sit-hole - 2011-08-10 21:49

      Wow man tone down a little. Seem like it wont be long n we ll be reading about you on the news "Very disturbed mentally imbalanced black man(oops suspect) gunned down by police after attempted murder. Fortunately the suspect couldn't get the fire stick(gun) to work."

      Felix - 2011-08-11 09:23

      Life must be simple for you Euro, simply black and white. Any excuse to justify easy money.

      Dayat Atime - 2011-08-11 09:47

      I will concede the point to you that many whites benefit from apartheid due to a better starting point from gains made by forefathers. However it's not like all white families have financial freedom. It's also not like sons replace fathers as CEO of major corporations each and every generation. Perhaps certain individuals gained from the system back in the day but it took work to keep it going until now especially since there has been no gaining from the system for 17 years now, by this I refer to middle class whites and lower because not everyone became rich landowners. All the systems that whites benefited from have been available to blacks now for long enough to notice a change, if you cannot see a change as yet then blame the player and not the game. From a father born into poverty in Ireland and a mother born into the lower class in England that eventually ended up in South Africa and had me, how do you explain my current status, which would be described by poor blacks as 'over privileged'. The government subsidized my education and health until I was 18, as my father left and my mother by then was a disability pensioner. I took my education seriously enough and worked hard. If you aren't getting the same then the problem is either you or the government and not white people that have indirectly gained from forefathers. Simply put, if tomorrow you were in a nice home in a nice suburb with financial stability it would not suddenly put us on equal footing...

  • Brownme - 2011-08-25 12:09

    what is 17 years compared to 40 years of opression? dont pretend as if you are dumb where else you can be very vindictive when it suits you people.

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