ANC's eThekwini elective conference delayed... again

2014-12-21 15:00

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The ANC has postponed its elective conference in the eThekwini region, its largest and most influential, for a third time.

Some of its branches claim the task team, which was appointed to resolve the crisis in eThekwini, has instead become embroiled in the battle to control it ahead of the 2016 local government elections.

Violent clashes have erupted at meetings of some of the region’s 103 branches.

They involve one faction that wants Durban mayor James Nxumalo to become ANC eThekwini chairperson and another that is backing the region’s treasurer, Zandile Gumede, for the top job.

The disruptions mean that branch leaders have not been elected and the region has not reached the 70% threshold it needs to allow its conference to be held.

The contest has been fuelled by the collapse of the regional leadership under secretary Bheki Ntshangase and chairperson Sibongiseni Dhlomo, KwaZulu-Natal’s health MEC.

This vacuum has sparked increasingly violent tension as Nxumalo and Gumede square up for control of the chairperson position.

The post is seen as a stepping stone to the mayor’s position, and the political and economic clout that comes with it.

Some of Gumede’s backers claim the task team that was appointed to break the impasse is actively supporting Nxumalo.

“The team has tried to make sure delegates [at the conference when it is eventually held] are those that back James,’’ said a branch chairperson who did not want to be named.

“This has been the problem from the time we began to prepare for conference. They have made it worse. They have not helped the problem.’’

Rumours surfaced this week that the task team had been disbanded amid allegations of partisan behaviour.

But on Thursday, KwaZulu-Natal secretary Sihle Zikalala publicly defended the task team consisting of MECs Mike Mabuyakhulu, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha and Ravi Pillay, and MPLs Mxolisi Kaunda and Mthandeni Dlungwane.

He denied claims that it had already been disbanded. Zikalala insisted that the team was still working with the region.

“The task team has not been disbanded. It is still working with the region.

“It is the region that has the primary task to prepare for the conference.

“The task team is there to ensure that the programme is being implemented in an inclusive way,’’ Zikalala told City Press.

He said the task team had heard complaints from branches and intervened where these had arisen.

“To say there is a problem between the region and the task team is to sensationalise and overexaggerate.

“We are dealing with the issues.”

Zikalala said the conference would be held at the end of next month or early February once the remaining branches had held their meetings and the task team had resolved the complaints it had received.

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