Block slams disunity

2012-06-08 12:46

ANC Northern Cape chairperson John Block has slammed disunity and factions in the party.

Block, addressing the ruling party’s provincial conference, pleaded with delegates to ensure there was no violence, disruptions nor groupings that undermined the integrity of ANC structures.

“We are our own enemy and yet we possess within ourselves the best skills, talents and ability to place the unity of our movement as the core reason for our future.”

In every speech he has given since this week’s conference kicked off, Block has emphasised the need for peace.

This is a sign of the scars that were left by the 2008 conference held in Moshaweng in the John Taolo Gaetsewe region.

That conference turned violent and is said to have been one of the most bruising in the province’s history.

While praising the ANC for its growth and success in government, Block, who is also MEC for economic development and tourism, warned the party should be careful not to die a slow death like other African ruling parties that were born as liberation Premier Hazel Jenkins paid a surprise visit to delegates at the conference venue Die Eiland resort last night, just after President Jacob Zuma had addressed the crowd.

Jenkins has been on sick leave since she collapsed while delivering the state of the province address in February.

Before her unexpected arrival Block had asked delegates to pray for her health.
“We must all pray for the speedy recovery of comrade Hazel Jenkins and continue to give comrade Grizelda Cjiekela (acting premier) our support in standing in for comrade Hazel”.

Block criticised the media for “playing the role of the opposition”.

They had “assumed a very negative hostile reporting”, he said.

Block is expected to be announced as a re-elected chairperson this afternoon.

He’s being challenged for the position by deputy minister of mineral resources Godfrey Oliphant, who accepted nomination last night.

Former education MEC Archie Lukas is taking Zamani Saul on for the provincial secretary position.

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