ANC members in eThekwini ‘stuck between a rock and a hard place’

2015-12-16 09:53
James Nxumalo (The Witness)

James Nxumalo (The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - “Stuck between a rock and a hard place.”

That is how the leader of the disgruntled ANC members belonging to branches aligned to eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo, summed up the group’s meeting that was held from Monday night until the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

The group had met to discuss how they are going to challenge the outcomes of the recent eThekwini Regional Conference which elected Zandile Gumede as the regional chairperson, defeating Nxumalo who only got one vote compared to Gumede’s 283.

The group leader and ward councillor in eThekwini Sithenjwa Nyawose, said the stumbling block in the meeting had been the suggestion that they had to think about the damage objections could do to ANC’s dignity.

“Our problem is that we do not want the ANC to be crippled. As much as we want clarity on these matters, we must also protect the organisation.

“That is why it has taken us so long to come with a resolution. We are stuck between a hard place and a rock,” he said.

Nyawose who has led two marches to the provincial offices to contest the outcomes of the provincial conference and also led the group’s failed eleventh hour bid to get an urgent court order to stop eThekwini Regional Conference from taking place on Saturday morning, said the group still had plenty of options to explore.

“The Saturday morning court action was only phase three. We can still unleash phase four, five and six,” he said.

Nyawose said he could not divulge what the three remaining phases entail.

By the time of going to print, the group had met again. “After the adjournment of the first meeting, we had agreed to meet again … In these testing times, one needs to be calm at all times so that we do not make emotional decisions that we are going to regret in the long run,” he said.

Yesterday a press conference which had been called by Nxumalo “to give clarity on ANC (eThekwini Regional) Conference”, was cancelled at the eleventh hour without any explanation.

A source, who did not want to be named, said Nxumalo is under pressure to distance himself from any group that might try and object the results of the conference.

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