Nyanda clings on to nomination

2012-11-29 00:00

KZN ANC members failed in their attempt to block national executive committee (NEC) deployee to the province, Siphiwe Nyanda, from their nomination list.

Some delegates to the provincial nomination conference held in Durban at the weekend wanted Nyanda off the list as he is believed to be in the ‘Anyone but Zuma’ (ABZ) camp.

However, they were unsuccessful in their attempts because they could not get other delegates to agree to his removal.

Nyanda had a falling out with Zuma, causing a stir in September this year, when he accused the MK Military Veterans’ Association of behaving like the President’s private army.

In 2010, Zuma sacked Nyanda as communications minister but appointed him as his parliamentary counsellor last year.

Nyanda appeared to receive a cold reception as he walked into the Olive Convention Centre where the provincial nominations conference was held. He was not as warmly greeted as former KZN premier Sbu Ndebele and Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Yesterday, party insiders to the provincial nominating conference confirmed that several attempts were made to remove Nyanda’s name from the list, which had 160 candidates for nomination to 80 positions.

Nyanda’s removal was apparently proposed mainly by delegates from the Harry Gwala, Moses Mabhida, Lower South Coast and kwaDukuza regions. His opponents tried to push him off the list saying there needed to be more women to ensure 50/50 gender representivity. However, eventually they could not get the required number of votes.

“They all tried, but the majority of delegates who were there did not support that,” said a source.

ANC nomination rules stipulate that two thirds of delegates to a provincial nomination conference may remove a candidate from the list of NEC additional members made by branches.

South Coast regional secretary Mzwandile Mkhwanazi said his region did not resolve that Nyanda be removed from the list.

“If you look at our list, Siphiwe Nyanda is there. We have no qualms against him,” Mkhwanazi said. He added that the only reason the Lower South Coast called for the removal of Nyanda’s name was because “we had more men than women. We had to balance the names.”

Alpha Shelembe, chairperson of Moses Mabhida region, said the delegates that moved for removal of Nyanda’s name had acted on branch mandates. “Branches have a right to put up any names they want. There is no harm in exercising your democratic right,” Shelembe said.

ANC KZN spokesperson Senzo Mkhize said he had no comment to make as nominations were an internal party process.

Nyanda said he was not interested in whether he was nominated or not by KwaZulu-Natal.

“I serve at the behest of the ANC. If I’m not there [on the list], to me, it does not matter,” he said.

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