ANC nominations spark local protest

2011-02-03 00:00

AS the process of candidate nominations for local government elections hots up within the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, disillusioned members of the party in the Moses Mabhida (Pietermaritzburg) region staged an indefinite sit-in at the regional offices in Jabu Ndlovu Street yesterday.

Some of the protesters, who asked not to be named, told The Witness their sit-in is to protest against the provincial office’s reluctance to resolve their grievances, which were presented during a meeting with the ANC KZN secretary, Sihle Zikalala, at A.F. Wood Hall in Boom Street two weeks ago.

“During that meeting the provincial secretary promised to resolve our grievances within two weeks, but two weeks have since passed without any action; hence we are now occupying the offices.

We now want the secretary-general. Gwede Mantashe, to intervene,” said one protester.

Among the complaints presented to Zikalala are: manipulation of branch members; alleged imposition of incumbent councillors by regional leaders; delays in granting membership cards to supporters renewing or taking out new membership; and interference by regional leaders in branch affairs.

The protesters, who said they are from 37 wards in the Moses Mabhida region, said they want the region and all its branches to disband and the province to restart the nomination process.

When The Witness visited the offices last night, about 100 protesters were occupying the reception area of the office while others were toyi-toying in the corridors.

A spokesperson for the ANC in KZN, Makhosi Khoza, said she was outside the province and promised to provide a comment after communicating with the regional structures.

However, by the time of going to print last night she had not yet responded.

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