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ANC members who stand as independents 'will expel themselves'

2016-06-10 12:49

Pietermaritzburg - ANC members who plan to stand as independent candidates in the August 3 elections will be harshly dealt with, ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Sihle Zikalala has warned.

Some members who had not become councillor candidates were considering standing as independents, he said at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Thursday evening to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the June 16 uprising. The event was organized by the ANC Youth League and the ANC in the province. 

“If you see that your interests are above those of the ANC, then you can happily leave. If you stand as an independent you must know that you are gone from the ANC. You will have expelled yourself from the ANC,” Zikalala said.

Some ANC members in the Moses Mabhida Region - made up of Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas – have protested against the nomination of councillor candidates. They accused the regional and provincial leadership of hand-picking candidates, instead of letting residents choose them.

Zikalala said no amount of dissatisfaction should lead to party members standing as independents, as this amounted to opposing the ANC. Independent candidates who wanted to return to the ruling party would not be allowed back in, he said.  

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