No crisis in eThekwini region, says ANC

2015-10-28 10:27
ANC KZN provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala. (Tebogo Letsie, City Press)

ANC KZN provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala. (Tebogo Letsie, City Press)

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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala on Tuesday maintained there was no crisis in the eThekwini region, the party's biggest region in the country.

“The branches of the ANC are continuing to hold Branch General Meetings which is the normal process for the preparation for the conference.

“However, we need [to] emphasise that the challenges encountered in BGMs are being handled and getting all the attention from the ANC leadership.

“We can assure everyone that the branches in the region will soon complete the processes and hold the conference,” said Zikalala when delivering resolutions from the Provincial Executive Council.

EThekwini has been marred by controversy over the party failing to convene a successful conference.

The highly contested regional chairperson position is being fought between eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo and councillor Zandile Gumede, both members of the eThekwini executive council.

The conference, scheduled to convene for the fourth time, was adjourned indefinitely in May after disgruntled members, believed to be in Gumede's faction, disrupted proceedings.

He said preparations for the upcoming provincial conference were at an advance stage.

“The upcoming conference will be attended by delegates coming from all our 11 regions. Currently the branches are consolidating their policy positions and in terms of the state of readiness we are sitting at 80% on the state of preparedness.

“There [are] about 1 700 people that will be attending the conference. We are currently busy with the pre-registrations to ensure smoothness of the conference,” said Zikalala.

The conference is scheduled to take place next month.

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