ANC begins disciplinary hearings over march

2016-03-30 12:52
KwaZulu-Natal ANC Chairman Sihle Zikalala. Picture: TEBOGO LETSIE

KwaZulu-Natal ANC Chairman Sihle Zikalala. Picture: TEBOGO LETSIE

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Pietermaritzburg - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has started with disciplinary hearings against members who marched to the party’s offices last year demanding a re-run of the provincial conference that elected Sihle Zikalala as the provincial chairperson.

The man who led the marches to the ANC offices, Sithenjwa Nyawose, said he had already appeared before the provincial disciplinary committee.

Nyawose said he is charged with “leading people or individuals near or to the offices of the ANC”.

“The charge sheet says that I have put the ANC into disrepute by publicly disputing the legitimacy of the provincial ANC,” he said.

Nyawose said they had asked for a postponement of the hearing because they were only served with a charge sheet, without any supporting documents. “We wanted to know if are they going to be calling any witnesses. Do they have any video footage of the marches?

“We wanted time to seek legal representation. We also want them to provide a translator during the hearings,” he said.

Nyawose said his co-accused — Sibongiseni Mkhize and Nada Ngcobo — could not appear before the committee because they were not served with charge sheets.

“On the charge sheet there was also a name spelled as Simphiwe Zondo. We told them that there is no person known as Simphiwe Zondo. We know of Siphiwe Zondi,” he said.

Nyawose said they would return to the hearing on April 17.

Provincial ANC spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said the hearing was expected to be completed before the end of April. “It will depend on the availability and co-operation of all parties involved. So far only about three people have been formally charged,” he said.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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