Four weeks on, ANC protesters won’t give in

2011-07-04 00:00

NONE of the local ANC protesters has been arrested for occupying the party’s regional executive offices in Jabu Ndlovu Street, despite a high court order issued on Friday that they must leave the premises.

The protest, which has now lasted for four weeks, continued on Saturday and yesterday with the protesters saying they will continue and do not fear arrest. Yesterday the protesters came out in numbers to gather at the offices in Jabu Ndlovu Street. Some arrived by bus.

This happened while ANC heavyweights and NEC members Jessie Duarte and Max Sisulu were meeting with leaders of various branches at the city hall at about 11 am, to find a strategy to build on the party’s success in the recent election and initiate discussions about reconciliation among members in the region. It is believed that similar meetings with NEC members were held in the different regions throughout KZN yesterday.

Spokesperson for the protesters Sbongile Mkhize said the protesters were barred from the meeting held at the city hall by certain REC members.

“We were not part of that meeting because certain people were standing at the entrance and prevented us from going in. They only allowed their own people into the meeting.

“We were also disappointed that when the NEC members were here they did not bother to come to the ANC office to meet us despite knowing our problems,” said Mkhize.

Mkhize said she heard that the PEC has withdrawn the court interdict and this was why they were not arrested.

“By going to court, they were contravening the resolution that was taken by the National General Council in Durban last year, which stated that ANC members cannot take party members to court, and that organisational issues should be resolved internally,” said Mkhize.

She added that the protesters remain committed to their demand for the REC to be dissolved and “corrupt members” be removed from key council positions.

When asked why protesters were not arrested for defying the court order, ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the party decided against using police to deal with a matter that should be resolved internally.

Zikalala said it was not true that the protesters were not allowed into the meeting.

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