ANC cans elective process

2018-04-11 16:15

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It appears the ANC in the province has canned the provincial conference and all regional conferences scheduled for this month.

In a letter leaked to The Witness, provincial interim committee (PIC) co-ordinator Sihle Zikalala has requested that regions postpone their conferences indefinitely.

“All regions that are due for regional conferences are requested to postpone their regional conferences until assessment of preparations towards the regional conferences have been done as per the NEC [national executive committee] directive,” said Zikalala in the letter addressed to regional secretaries.

“The effect of the above directive inter alia means that, all regions that had confirmed dates for their regional conferences should be postponed sine die (indefinitely), and those that were in a process of deciding on dates for their regional conferences should delay such discussions until further notice,” said Zikalala.

Convenor of the PIC, Mike Mabuyakhulu, was quoted in other media on Tuesday saying the provincial conference had been postponed.

Attempts to get comment from Zikalala and Mabuyakhulu, who were locked in a meeting last night, were unsuccessful.

The build-up to the conference has been marred by allegations that processes have been manipulated.

The ANC in the province is divided between those who support President Cyril Ramaphosa and those who supported Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s unsuccessful presidential bid.

Meanwhile, concerned ANC branches in the Moses Mabhida region have called for the national executive committee to intervene after shots were fired during an ANC regional meeting in Howick on Monday evening.

In a statement, the branches called for the intervention “to prevent bloodshed” in the province.

“We are still shocked and saddened by the unprecedented and foreign behaviour projected by securities and bodyguards of those whom we regard as our leaders, as they were attacking and shooting members of the ANC [on Monday], denying them access to a meeting of their own organisation.

“We were attacked, harassed and bulldozed for fighting corruption and against raping of organisational processes towards hosting a regional conference here in Moses Mabhida Region.

“The term of office for the current leadership lapsed [a] long time ago,” said convenor of the branches, Msawenkosi “Qashana” Mchunu.

Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane confirmed that a case of unlawful discharge of a firearm opened at Howick police station was under investigation.

Mchunu said they would continue with their fight to oust regional leaders.

“We say their time is over now, they failed to lead us at all levels. Municipalities obtained disclaimers under their leadership, killing of comrades increased under their leadership, the city of Pietermaritzburg is deteriorating daily under their leadership, big business[es] have shut down their restaurants and shops in the city under their leadership.

“We will continue to fight for what is right, which is pure basic service delivery in the main,” he said.

 

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