Zuma expected to deliver keynote address at ANC conference in KZN

2015-11-05 17:29


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Pietermaritzburg – President Jacob Zuma was expected to deliver a keynote address on Friday at the African National Congress's (ANC) eighth provincial congress in Pietermaritzburg at the weekend, the ANC said on Thursday.

He was expected to set the tone for the conference, while national chairperson Baleka Mbete would officially open proceedings in the morning.

Nearly 1 300 delegates would gather at the Royal Show Grounds from November 6 to 8, where new leadership would be elected.

Incumbent provincial chairperson and KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu would lock horns with provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala for the hotly contested provincial chairperson position.

Briefing the media on the the state of readiness, Zikalala said it was "all systems go".

He made it clear the party would not tolerate anyone seeking to disrupt the conference.

"We appeal to all delegates to observe discipline and avoid singing and chanting derogatory songs that might insult other leaders and divide the conference.

"The ANC will not tolerate any grandstanding or anything that seeks to undermine the spirit of the conference from whatever quarters.

Zikalala would not answer questions about nominations.

"Contests in the ANC should not be viewed as competition. It is a democratic process where the ANC seeks to elect a new leader.

"We are here to build the organisation and discipline is one of the things the national general council emphasised. Mangaung emphasised we deal with factionalism within the ANC."

The total number of branches qualified to convene general meetings was 753 out of 828 wards in KwaZulu-Natal, Zikalala said. 

"The last branch general meeting that sat was on the November 25 and we processed all appeals. Those people who are still complaining... their issues were handed over to national and national must listen to their disputes."

In terms of the programme, after Mbete’s official opening, the political overview, organisational and financial reports would be presented. 

Voting for officials would start on Friday afternoon and voting for additional members would take place on Saturday.

When asked if Mchunu was going to be unseated as the premier should he not be re-elected, provincial executive member Hlengiwe Mavimbela said: "This is the conference of the ANC, not a government election. We are electing the chairperson of the province. He will continue as the premier of the province, because the ANC has deployed him."

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