ANC holds special conference

2015-11-04 06:00
PHOTO: MAKHOSANDILE ZULU The ANC Greater KwaDukuza Region held a special general conference in preparation of the KZN provincial elective conference to be held this coming weekend.

PHOTO: MAKHOSANDILE ZULU The ANC Greater KwaDukuza Region held a special general conference in preparation of the KZN provincial elective conference to be held this coming weekend.

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IN preparation for the upcoming KZN ANC provincial elective conference, the ANC Greater KwaDukuza Region held a special regional conference on Saturday.

Giving his political input, chairperson of the region Ricardo Mthembu said the party’s regional executive committee (REC) holds the majority view that Sihle Zikalala should be elected as the next provincial chairperson.

“The majority in the REC are of the view that Zikalala should be chairperson, Willies Mchunu his deputy, Super Zuma as the secretary, Mluleki Ndobe as deputy secretary, and Nomusa Dube-Ncube as treasurer,” Mthembu said.

He added that the REC has the desire to have individuals representing the Greater KwaDukuza region in the provincial executive committee and parliament. He said the REC had suggested Phumlile Zulu, Sduduzo Gumede, Vukani Mdabe, Makhosi Zungu and Siphesihle Zulu as those individuals to be considered.

Mthembu called on party members to refrain from character assassination, especially on social networks, and respect democratic processes, urging party members to use relevant internal platforms to voice their views and hold debates on differing opinions. He said ANC members should refrain from using threats, intimidation, and violence during elective conferences.

“Though we are not supporting the current [provincial] chairperson [Senzo Mchunu] we will not allow a situation where he must be lambasted in the media because after the conference a comrade will remain a comrade of the ANC,” Mthembu said.

A number of other issues were discussed during the special regional conference, which included the decline in the party’s membership, the building and renewal of the party, land reform, the weeding out of corrupt party members, and factionalism, among others.

Earlier, Mthembu said state and party president Jacob Zuma said the decline of the ANC’s membership can be blamed on certain negative tendencies that seemingly undermine the party’s credibility.

Mthembu said the president said these negative tendencies include a form of ‘gate keeping’.

“During the national general council, our president noted that our membership has declined from 1 million to 769 870. Our president said there are a number of reasons that have led to the decline of our membership. The president noted that in some branches there is gate keeping where some people are not allowed to join the organisation and there are cases where there is bulk buying of membership,” Mthembu said.

He said the bulk buying of membership means 100 people are enlisted to form a branch.

Mthembu said this creates a problem because their membership expires simultaneously and it becomes difficult to renew their membership because the likelihood is that they had not joined the ANC on their own accord.

Mthembu said the president also noted that in some branches individuals join the party because they admire a specific person or are following that person.

“Another phenomenon that has been identified as a problem is that of members who [are affiliated] to other members. Their actions are determined by the people who they look up to or who “own” them,” reads Zuma’s political report.

Mthembu said that during the NGC a number of issues were discussed which include the land reform issue.

“Land is a sensitive topic in South Africa. We are shifting from the willing buyer, willing seller policy to friendly expropriation. Our NGC noted that if the land issue is not hastened then we might see a revolution that would be seeking to claim the land in a way that we as an organisation do not agree with,” Mthembu said.

He said during the NGC it was also noted that corruption is a threat to the organisation which necessitates the existence of an Integrity Commission tasked with investigating and making determinations on corrupt members.

Mthembu said the commission would not be used for settling personal scores between party factions.

Mthembu said it was established that free education should be granted to students from an impoverished background.

”Free education is something that the ANC supports. If you read through the ANC’s Ready to Govern document you will be informed about the party’s position on the matter and once in power which processes the party would follow to ensure there is free education,” Mthembu said.

He said the ANC-aligned Progressive Youth Alliance and ANC Youth League should be commended for taking the lead in the ‘fees must fall’ protests that saw several universities across the country come to a standstill recently.

He said it was agreed that the Annual National Assessments (ANA) should not be scrapped after teacher unions threatened to boycott the ANA which led to them being delayed for next year.

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