The people who hold the power: Mxolisi Ndzimbovu

2012-11-24 12:01

It’s been nearly 20 years since Ndzimbovu joined the ANC as an 18-year-old, and he remains as committed to the party as ever.

Today, Ndzimbovu is a ward councillor and the treasurer of KwaZulu-Natal’s Ingoba-Makhosi branch in the eThekwini region.

“The ANC is next to those who are poor. It understands their situation. It is the only organisation that cares for the poor. People are not used to advance people’s own purposes.”

The engaged father of five is heading to Mangaung with a clear mandate: to get President Jacob Zuma re-elected.

He is also upfront about the fact that he’ll try to influence other branches who are tempted to vote otherwise.

“We believe we should try and lobby and engage with other comrades to help them see our views.”

Ndzimbovu thinks his work as a councillor will help when it comes to this aspect of Mangaung.

“I did a business management course, but being a councillor is a 24-hour job. It’s my bread and butter,” he says.

He’s heading to Mangaung by bus with other delegates from the eThekwini region and will stay in university accommodation during the conference.

Discipline is his key focus. Ndzimbovu hopes a policy tabled in June about executive committee members who miss three consecutive branch meetings with no apology will be adopted.

The policy suggests that these members must be expelled from the party.

“That was the resolution of the policy conference in June. I hope the national conference will take it as a decision because the executive committee is the cornerstone of each branch.

“For branches to work properly, we need to bring back discipline.

If the ANC is strong at its grassroots level, it will automatically be strong at national level,” he says. 

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