Nxumalo's camp arrives for ANC conference

2015-05-02 11:56
(Amanda Khoza, News24)

(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban - eThekwini mayor and provincial SACP chair James Nxumalo's camp arrived in high spirits at the ANC’s regional elective conference on Saturday, where delegates are expected to have another go at electing a leader.

More than 700 African National Congress members are expected to elect new leadership in a rerun of the party’s sixth elective congress, being held at the Greyville Racecourse.

The conference is taking place amid tight security. Delegates were all scanned and given tags.

Dressed in green, black and gold, they sang "we want James to lead us and Mthunzi Dlamini to be our secretary", as they waited for the conference to begin.

ANC provincial executive committee members including Willies Mchunu, Peggy Nkonyeni, Mike Mabuyakhulu and Sihle Zikalala arrived for the conference.


James Nxumalo will face his opponent, eThekwini councillor Zandile Gumede, for the second time. The controversial conference was initially held in February, but declared null and void in March after members disputed the outcome.

Nxumalo won election to the post of regional chairman by 253 votes to Gumede's 212.

Three branches which had not been properly audited were allowed to participate in the elections, despite warnings from ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

It was believed the three branches swayed the votes in Nxumalo's favour.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said on Friday the matter was being dealt with internally.

Gumede and her supporters arrived at the conference at about 11:30 on Saturday.

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