Largest ANC branch battles to hold meeting

2012-11-15 00:00

THE ANC’s biggest branch, kwaXimba in the eThekwini region, has yet to convene a branch general meeting (BGM) to elect delegates to the Mangaung congress and formally nominate their preferred leadership.

This comes after the branch, which incorporates Cato Ridge and rural areas of kwaXimba, was forced to abandon a meeting a month ago when a group of members reportedly arrived armed with dangerous weapons.

The meeting was thus postponed indefinitely.

The situation was so serious that it prompted the provincial ANC leadership to send a task team to calm tensions among the factions.

The branch is embroiled in infighting, with some members wanting the removal of eThekwini Ward 1 councillor Bongumusa Mkhize, who is also the branch deputy chairperson. Others want former councillor Susimpi Ngubane to take over.

But now the branch is under pressure to hold a successful BGM before the cut-off date, or else it may be disqualified from sending a delegation of eight to Mangaung in December.

Yesterday, Mkhize confirmed that a date for the BGM had yet to be decided.

He said provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala would convene a meeting today to decide on a date.

Zikalala could not be reached for comment, while provincial spokesperson Senzo Mkhize referred questions to the eThekwini region.

Mkhize remained optimistic that the planned BGM would be a success once it eventually took place.

“People have been made to understand that they have to exercise discipline and follow the rules of the organisation. We need to work together,” Mkhize said.

The kwaXimba branch is expected to back President Jacob Zuma for a second term as party leader.

Meanwhile, a date for the BGM of the Lamontville branch, where former police commissioner Bheki Cele is a member, has yet to be set. The meeting was cancelled last Thursday.

The BGM was called off over disputes on the voters’ roll, with claims that the names of people who were not ANC members had been included.

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