Tensions flare over ANC regional congress

2018-10-05 06:00

AFRICAN National Congress (ANC) Harry Gwala regional members, along with some members of the youth league, have appealed to the Pietermaritzburg High Court to nullify the ANC Harry Gwala regional congress held at Ixopo on August 30, saying it was held illegally. The complainants believe that the congress should not have taken place because disputes among some of the branches were still unresolved.

ANCYL Harry Gwala regional secretary Qiniso Ntozakhe confirmed the youth league’s application which challenges the regional congress, saying that the congress was held without following correct procedures.

“The congress was held unlawfully by people who want to kill the ANC,” he said.

On the other hand, ANC regional spokesperson Thabiso Zulu said the party has instructed its lawyers to defend the appeal made by unhappy ANC members.

Zulu has condemned the members of the party for taking the party to court instead of exhausting internal processes first.

“The regional executive committee (REC) believes that the provincial executive committee (PEC) and the national executive committee (NEC) did everything in their powers to listen, entertain and correct any grievances from branches that were raised before and during the conference.

“Among those who are cited as applicants in this ‘frivolous’ court action are comrades who were serving in the former Regional Executive Committee (REC) that was disbanded, and some were members of the recent Regional Task Team (RTT) that was mandated to prepare for the conference under the stewardship of the PEC,” said Zulu.

He said some of the members were expecting to be elected into leadership positions at the congress, however they did not make it.

“The REC officials are in engagements with both the PEC and NEC and both structures will join us to oppose this time wasting application.

“We will not be derailed by people who seek to divert our attention from our immediate task of ensuring that we deliver a decisive ANC victory in 2019, and fearlessly fighting corruption with all our might,” added Zulu.

In the September 14 Fever publication, ANC KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson Nomagugu Simelane said the party had received complaints from different structures, including the youth league, about the regional congress, however all complaints will be addressed according to the processes of the party.

At the congress, former regional chairperson Zamo Nxumalo and secretary Sindi Msomi retained their positions. Phumzile Nocanda was elected as deputy chairperson and Less Stuta the treasurer.

The matter will return to the Pietermaritzburg High Court on October 19.

The newly elected regional structure was ordered not to call branch and sub-regional meetings until the date of ruling.

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