ANC regional power plays

2012-03-05 00:00

THE question of who will take the top five positions of the local ANC’s Moses Mabhida region at the party’s regional conference seems to be every member’s guess.

Four campaigning camps have emerged, gunning for the top positions of the regional executive committee (REC). This week they are preparing to lobby against one another for the final showdown.

The conference is scheduled for this weekend. However, that has not yet been confirmed.

The hotly contested regional leadership election has been rescheduled three times since last year. Party insiders said that the delays were both deliberate and a defiant stance. They said the lobby camps wanted further time to lobby the region’s 84 branches under the seven municipalities within the Umgungundlovu District to vote for them and to also defy the current REC as some wanted them removed.

Being in RECs is lucrative in that the leaders can influence decisions taken by municipal leadership on matters such as who is awarded tenders.

The local REC has been in the firing line as some ANC members in the city blame it for the Msunduzi Municipality’s near financial ruin.

One of the lobby groups wants former Msunduzi deputy mayor and former REC treasurer Alpha Shelembe to be chairperson with former disbanded provincial ANC Youth League chairperson Mthandeni Dlungwane as his deputy; current REC secretary Supa Zuma to retain his position and Msunduzi ward 20 councillor and businessman, Thulani Xulu, to be treasurer.

Another group wants current deputy chairperson of the REC and private secretary to KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize, Bheki Nzimande, to be chairperson; his deputy to be the current REC deputy secretary and speaker of Umshwathi Municipality, Nonhlanhla Msomi; former Msunduzi councillor Mzi Thebolla as secretary and current REC chairperson and speaker of the Umgungundlovu District council Edward Dladla to be treasurer.

According to insiders, these two groups have allegiances to KZN ANC chairperson and premier, Zweli Mkhize.

Insiders say that if victorious this weekend any of these camps will endorse Mkhize to be retained as provincial ANC chair in the provincial conference expected mid-year.

Former Msunduzi deputy mayor, Mervyn Dirks, who was removed from the council after it was placed under administration. is instrumental in a camp that wants to see a new REC that excludes some of its current leaders.


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