ANC leadership 'disgusted' by behaviour of KZN members

2015-05-05 14:58
(File, Supplied)

(File, Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal said on Tuesday it had taken a decision to tighten existing disciplinary processes and that any ANC member found disrupting an ANC gathering would be subjected to stringent disciplinary actions.

In a statement sent by the Provincial Executive Committee, the party did not mince its words, saying “it was disgusted in the manner in which some [of its] members behaved during what was supposed to be the sixth eThekwini regional conference in Durban”.  

On Saturday, News24 reported that more than 400 voting delegates were expected to elect new leadership for the highly-contested position of KwaZulu-Natal regional chairperson.

The conference was brought to an abrupt end and had to be adjourned when unruly members continuously disrupted the proceedings.

The conference was scheduled to convene for the fourth time. The first two sittings were postponed and the third one, which was held in February, was declared null and void in March after aggrieved members disputed the outcome.

EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo won by 253 votes and his opponent, eThekwini councillor Zandile Gumede, got 212 votes. Shortly after the conference, it emerged that three branches had participated in the elections despite having failed their audit.

On Saturday, some ANC members continuously disrupted ANC provincial chairperson Senzo Mchunu as he delivered his speech. Members came in chanting “37 awukho la, asiphelelanga" (Ward 37 is not here, we are underrepresented) and “Senzeni na, Senzo Mchunu?"(What have we done, Senzo Mchunu?)

‘Ugly situation’

“The disruption of the conference and ill-discipline shown by some comrades was worrying and needed to be dealt with urgently. This ugly situation resulted in the conference being adjourned until it is reconvened by the leadership.

“As part of preparations for the reconvening of the conference, the leadership will hold a meeting with all branches of the eThekwini region to engage them politically on issues of unity and cohesion,” said ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala.

He said, to ensure discipline, the organisation had taken a decision to tighten the existing disciplinary processes with any member found to be disrupting an ANC gathering to be subjected to stringent disciplinary actions.  

“The PWC [Provincial Working Committee] will further embark on the programme of intensive training of regional officials in all regions on running the organisation effectively,” said Zikalala.

On Saturday, Zikalala explained to the media that members argued and complained about the non-participation of ward 37.

"The problem is they did not elect their delegates at the Branch General Meeting. The Branch General Meeting delegated the Branch Executive Committee to elect the delegates so we felt that those delegates elected were not constitutionally recognised," explained Zikalala on Saturday.

The PEC on Tuesday also condemned the recent spate of attacks on foreign nationals.

Read more on:    anc  |  senzo mchunu  |  durban  |  politics

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.