Northern KZN ANC for Zuma

2012-11-02 00:00

THREE Northern KwaZulu-Natal ANC regions have put their support firmly behind President Jacob Zuma for a second term citing his “logical leadership” as a driving factor.

The KwaDukuza Region (iLembe District), Musa Dladla Region (uThun­gulu) and the Far North Region (uMkhanyakude District) have placed their support behind the party’s current leadership for a second term, helping cement the perception that KwaZulu-Natal will back Zuma in the upcoming ANC Elective Conference in Manguang.

KwaDukuza regional secretary Muzi Sithole said with 65 of their 74 branches having already come to the decision to support Zuma, he said they would further call for Baleka Mbete to remain as chairperson and Gwede Mantashe as secretary general.

“For deputy secretary we are proposing Jessie Durante, as treasurer [KZN Premier] Zweli Mkhize and Cyril Ramphosa as deputy president. We have decided to not include current deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe as he had chosen to run for president himself.

“There is no bad blood with Motlanthe running, we just feel if he is eying the top post we can’t vote for him to be a deputy,” said Sithole.

He said they were supporting Jacob Zuma on the “principle of continuity” and “institutional memory”.

The Far North Region Secretary General Thokozani Ngema said already 54 of their 68 branches had pledged to support Zuma for a second term.

“We must back him. His first term as South African president has been fraught with difficultly most notably having to lead the country through a world economic crisis.

“He has vision and his priorities are logical, namely education, agriculture, crime and unity [within the ANC],” said Ngema.

The Far North Region will be sending 71 members to Manguang in December.

Musa Dladla Region secretary general Thulani Mashaba said the majority of all their 98 branches had said they would support Zuma.

“We are busy finalising our last 25 branches, but the majority are quite clear on who to back.

“It is not because Zuma is a member of this branch or that he comes from KZN that has helped us make our decision, it is his leadership.

“He has always attempted to change the life of the poorest of the poor.

“He was the first to introduce the Department of Rural Development, he introduced the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation and he has taken a strong stance on HIV/Aids by even being publicly tested,” said Mashaba.

He said the region has had “lobbyists” from other groups within the ANC, most likely members of the faction loosely coined “Anyone but Zuma”, but he said this has had little impact on the regions’ and branches’ decisions.

“Each region must decide on who it wants to back.

“This is the only party in the country that openly allows its members to take decisions from the grassroots level on who should lead the party,” said Mashaba.

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