ANC elections: unions worried

2012-03-16 00:00

COSATU is concerned about the use of money and job promises (deployments) to influence the outcome of the ANC’s regional leadership elections.

The ANC alliance partner raised concern on the eve of the elective conference of the party’s biggest region in the country, eThekwini.

About 600 ANC delegates from 103 branches around Durban will converge at Olive Conference Centre in Durban from this evening until Sunday.

Cosatu’s KZN provincial secretary, Zet Luzipo, said the trade union federation was worried by complaints — even by some in senior leadership positions — that there was too much money and too many deployment promises in lobbies for regional leadership positions.

eThekwini is the last of the ANC’s 10 KZN regions to hold its elective conference, with Moses Mabhida (Pietermaritzburg) having held its one last weekend.

Luzipo said: “As Cosatu KZN we have consistently maintained that we will continue to respect the internal democratic process within our allies. We are worried though by the complaints … that there is too much use of money and deployment promises lobbying taking place …”

Luzipo appealed to the ANC “to root out this cancer before it becomes the major principle in electing leadership, not through the eye of the needle”.

Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and MPL Nhlakanipho Ntombela are expected to battle it out for the chairperson position of this most influential ANC region in the country.

Luzipo said as Cosatu KZN, they would like to see new eThekwini ANC leadership with integrity and “people who will find the way to change eThekwini municipality’s current image”.

However, he refused to comment about last week’s Moses Mabhida regional conference, saying it’s ANC’s internal democracy “and we have no right to comment about it”.

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