LSC divided about national conference

2017-12-22 06:00

THE ANC Lower South Coast region is divided on who it is backing at its national conference this weekend with some branches backing Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, others backing deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, regional secretary Mzwandile Mkhwanazi said on Monday. In an interview with the Fever Mkhwanazi said while the bulk of the branches in the region support Ramaphosa, some were going with Dlamini-Zuma, others were undergoing a verification process.

“The numbers are fluctuating. We are in the last week of the race to the conference, but there are still some branches being verified on whether they followed the correct procedures during the voting process,” said Mkhwanazi.

He said the region was under scrutiny for their vote during the race because unlike the rest of the province the Lower South Coast region primarily backed Ramaphosa. Earlier this year, the region’s executive powers were stripped and given to the party’s provincial executive council.

At the time provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said the regional branch executive powers were taken away in the “interest of unity in the organisation”, however, Mkhwanazi was adamant the ruling was uncalled for.

“We are not intimidated by any of the tactics imposed on us during the campaign.

“They [Dlamini-Zuma proponents] cannot force us to vote for their preferred candidate. It is our democratic right to vote for whoever we see fit,” said Mkwanazi.

“We picked the candidate we did because we believe he will improve the state of the economy as well as the stability of the country,” said Mkwanazi, adding that he hoped everyone involved will accept whichever outcome comes out of the conference.

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