Going to the NGC is a privilege says Mchunu

2015-10-03 22:30
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Durban – ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Senzo Mhcunu on Saturday told delegates that being part of the National General Council was a privilege and not a right.

Speaking to more than 500 delegates at the two day Provincial General Council taking place at the Coastlands Hotel in South Beach in Durban, Mchunu said delegates should not take their participation for granted.

“There are a lot of things that we need to raise as a province… It is a privilege to come to the PGC of the ANC, it is an even greater privilege to go to the NGC.

“You need to balance the privilege you have with what you are going to contribute at the NGC,” he said.  

Mchunu told delegates not to be distracted by social media when important discussions were taking place.

“When there are discussions [there are delegates that] are distracted by Facebook and Twitter or SMSes.  Just because you are part of the commissions and you occasionally say Amandla [is not enough], because you end up not hearing what is said and you are not participating.”


Mchunu said there was a time when KZN was known for its singing at conferences.  

“There were people that were spreading mischievous comments behind our back that we went to NGCs to sing and therefore our numbers compared to other provinces were no important.

“We must not allow that [to happen]. We must not allow ourselves to be taken for granted; we need to refuse to take ourselves for granted.

“You are not merely a number from KZN. We need to make quality in-depth contributions to discussions that will take place at the NGC.”

He said the unity in the province in terms of policy proposals as KZN participates in various commissions and plenary at the NGC must be palpable.

“When we go there we shouldn’t stress because there are no elections, there is no one that is going to try and swing the votes.

“In the last NGC we proved ourselves, we sang with others and when it came to debating we debated… sometimes better in some cases,” said Mchunu.

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