Durban – The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday admitted that the
local government election nomination process had been difficult for the party.
“The nomination process did put a strain on the unity of the
ANC and its alliance partners. We have, however, through internal political
dialogue, resolved all internal disputes and have reached a common ground with
our alliance partners," provincial secretary Super Zuma told reporters in
“They have now rallied behind all our wards and mayoral
candidates have pledged their full support.”
- Elections Map: Previous KZN results
Cracks in the relationship between the ANC and its alliance
party recently surfaced when the SACP threatened to pull out of the election
campaign because it was not happy with the nomination processes. The SACP also
told the ANC that it was against a cabinet reshuffle.
In a compromise move, the party appointed SACP provincial
leader Themba Mthembu as the MEC for agriculture in the province.
On Monday, Zuma said the ANC would ensure that it governed
all 54 municipalities and all 870 wards in the province after the August 3
He said the new mayors would be the face of the strategic
municipalities in the province.
Regional executive committees made recommendations of three
names of mayoral candidates to the provincial executive committee.
"Those members of either the REC or the PEC who were
being considered for deployment had to recuse themselves when the selection
processes was conducted.”
He said all the names were submitted to the NEC for
Zuma said the party was satisfied with the work being done
by the regions to consolidate the unity of the movement.
“We will continue to intervene in wards that are affected by
protests to make sure of a free and fair election…”
Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the party chose the
best candidates for the province.
"The most strategic municipalities and metro are led by
women. The third region, Musa Dladla, is also led by a woman. We have skills
and a mixture of old and new mayors."
He said the ANC did not sleep and wake up and then make the
decision of appointing mayors.
"There are many people who have spoken about the
elections as though they will emerge victorious, the people of KZN know their
liberators," said Zikalala.
During the media briefing the party also congratulated DJ
Black Coffee, Nkosinathi Maphumulo, for winning a BET award at the weekend.
“He [Black Coffee] is shining example for the youth of South
Africa,” Zuma said.
On racism, the PEC said it was deeply concerned that KZN
remained in the news for racism.
He said the department of economic development would investigate
the Sodwana Bay Guest House incident, where the owner Andre Slade said black
people were not welcome at his guest house.
“We need urgent and harsh action to be taken against the
owner,” said Zuma.
The Mayoral candidates are:
Zululand District – Innocent Sipho Nkosi
Umkhanyakude District – Solomon Mkhombo
Umzinyathi District Municipality – Lindokuhle Ngubane
uThungulu District Municipality – Nonhle Mkhulisi
iLembe District Mayor – Siduduzo Gumede
Ugu District – Tolomane Mnyayiza
uMgungundlovu District – Thobekile Mamphumulo
Uthukela District – Siphiwe Mazibuko
Amajuba District –Musa Ngubane
Harry Gwala District – Mluleki Ndobe
eThekwini Metro – Zandile Gumede
uMsunduzi Municipality – Themba Njilo
Newcastle Municipality – Makhosini Nkosi
Ray Nkonyeni Municipality – Nomusa Mqwebu
uMhlathuze Municipality – Mdu Mhlongo
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