ANC KZN conference disrupted

2015-05-02 14:03
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – ANC councillor Zandile Gumede's supporters disrupted a re-run of the party’s eThekwini regional conference in Durban on Saturday.

They entered the venue as KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Senzo Mchunu was making a speech, banged on tables and sang "other wards are not here, we are under-represented", "37 awukho la, asipbelelanga (ward 37 is not present)”.

"Senzeni na Senzo Mchunu? (Senzo Mchunu what have we done?),” they sang.

Mchunu, who is also KwaZulu-Natal premier, and ANC deputy provincial chairperson Willies Mchunu called for order. Provincial ANC secretary general Sihle Zikalala pleaded with delegates: "We will deal with your issue."

Closed session

Journalists were asked to leave as a decision was taken to hold a closed session.

The conference was being re-run to elect a regional chairperson. When it was held in February, after two aborted attempts, eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo won by 253 votes to Gumede’s 212.

It was declared null and void in March after members disputed its outcome. Three branches that had taken part were apparently not audited, and were believed to have swung the vote in Nxumalo’s favour.

“We have scheduled this conference for the 4th time,” Senzo Mchunu said in his speech.

“This is history we would have been better off without. There have been no natural disasters that led us to provide details why the conference was nullified.

“These are man- and woman-made reasons. I want to say that we have been together in all of this. I don’t want to point fingers at anyone.

“Branches have had their fair share in contributing to the problem through some innovative things that they should not have done. The REC [regional executive committee] and the PEC [provincial executive committee] have also had their fair share.”

He said talks were held with the party’s national leadership in a bid to hold the conference.

“There are things that have happened that we can’t account for. Some things have happened at branch level, regional level and provincial level.

“Some things have happened at branch level that have had a negative impact on the conference. We have heard reports of physical fights at branch level. We have heard of members being threatened. In some cases we had to use the police to protect our members,” Mchunu said.

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