Ruling party calls for calm

2016-02-05 06:00
 Photo: khaya magenu Harry Gwala Regional ANC chairperson Zamo Nxumalo.

Photo: khaya magenu Harry Gwala Regional ANC chairperson Zamo Nxumalo.

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AFRICAN National Congress members must be calm and resolve their issues amicably said Harry Gwala Regional ANC chairperson Zamo Nxumalo.

His call came after tension broke out in some ANC branches in Kokstad and Ixopo in Ward 2 and Ward 3 over the nomination of candidate councillors.

“We are appealing to our members to restore peace and calm among themselves and to co-operate with our organisational­ constitutional process,” said Nxumalo.

A week ago, ANC members exchanged blows in Ward 1 in Kokstad and police who responded to the scene were attacked by some members, while a house was petrol-bombed.

Nxumalo said the ANC condemned the behaviour of some members. “We hope that the next meetings will sort out this problem because these things caught us off guard. We never expect our meetings to turn violent.”

He said they are more than ready to sort out the problems facing wards and asked members to calm down because they are confident of solving issues within the branches.

“As the leadership we vow to serve all members of our organisation without favour,” said Nxumalo.

He asked members whose names don’t appear on the list of candidates not to think that it is the end of their future.

“We are trying to make sure that all members are satisfied, but not all of them will be councillors and they must understand that councillor’s seats are few and can’t accommodate all of them.”

He said they are taking local government serious and will make sure that experienced­ councillors fast-track service delivery.

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