Nxumalo, Gumede go into battle again over eThekwini chair

2015-04-29 14:05
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Durban - eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo is likely to face his opponent Councillor Zandile Gumede as the pair battle for the highly contested eThekwini regional chairmanship position.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has confirmed that the eThekwini region will reconvene its sixth elective conference on Saturday.

ANC spokesperson Sicelo Khuzwayo said the party was busy with preparations for the conference but that a venue still needs to be confirmed.

The conference, which was initially held in February, was declared null and void in March after disgruntled members disputed the outcome of the conference.

Nxumalo won the elections by 253 votes, while Gumede got 212. Shortly after the conference was held it emerged that three branches - 16, 30 and 74, which had not being properly audited - had been allowed to participate in the elections despite warnings from ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

At the time it was alleged that the three branches swayed the votes to favour Nxumalo.

ANC’s provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said, “All branches that passed the audit will participate in the elections on Saturday. The status of those three branches that were of concern is an internal matter that the organisation is dealing with.”

Zikalala added that anything could happen on the day of the elections.

"There will be opportunity for new nominations from the floor on Saturday like we always do in the ANC. Anything is possible," he said.

Zikalala said the venue would be communicated later this week.

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