ANC to bus in 4?000 to denounce activists

2011-07-13 00:00

REPRESENTATIVES of 84 ANC branches in the Moses Mabhida region are expected to converge on Market Square in Pietermaritzburg today for a mass meeting, “flexing their muscles” in a show of support for the regional executive committee (REC).

The mass meeting, expected to start at 10 am, aims to demonstrate that a group of activists who staged a six-week sit-in at the ANC offices in Pietermaritzburg from May 30 do not speak for the branches, which are said to support the REC fully.

The activists were arrested and appeared in court last week.

Moses Mabhida regional secretary Supa Zuma said secretaries of the 84 branches in the region had asked for the mass meeting.

On the agenda are resolutions denouncing the actions of the sit-in protesters, rejecting as undisciplined the profanities they directed at the ANC provincial leadership — especially KZN Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize — and taking a stand in support of the findings of the ruling party’s provincial task team that the REC will not be disbanded, said Zuma.

More that 4 000 ANC supporters are expected to be bussed to Market Square for the meeting. The public are also invited.

The spokesperson for the activists, Sibongile Mkhize, said they are aware of the meeting and that they understand that it was called by a high-ranking Msunduzi Municipality councillor.

Mkhize said the REC seems to be panicking.

“Why did they take us to court about our sit-in? And before the matter is finalised in court there is a big meeting to discuss it.”

Mkhize said the activisits insist that the REC should be disbanded.

“We urge the community of Msunduzi to stand up against corruption perpetuated by the REC and support our cause.”

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