ANC members challenge regional congress

2018-11-30 06:00

AFTER the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed an application against the African National Congress (ANC) Harry Gwala regional congress, applicants vowed to appeal the decision.

Last Friday, the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed an application made by nine members of the ANC who were unhappy about the regional congress held in Ixopo on August 30. The new regional leaders, who were elected at the congress, included former regional chairperson Zamo Nxumalo and secretary Sindi Msomi. They retained their positions while Phumzile Nocanda was elected as deputy chairperson and Less Stuta the treasurer.

ANCYL Harry Gwala regional secretary Qiniso Ntozakhe, one of the applicants from the youth league, said the court did not consider some contents in their application.

“ANCYL branches have given us a mandate to delay the decision to appeal until the end of the week. We strongly believe that the congress was held illegally,” he said.

Another applicant was Themba Mahlaba, who confirmed that lawyers will appeal the court’s decision.

He said that even though a September congress was held, there were still unresolved matters: “During the day of the congress, people complained about some issues that needed attention.

“We believe that our case is very strong.”

He added that he is not interested in any position but he wanted the party to do the right thing for its members.

He said there is lots of damage that needs to be fixed in the Harry Gwala region and he will continue working for the party.

“During next year’s general elections, we will campaign for the party to get more votes. We are committed ANC members,” he said.

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