ANC ‘to lose support’

2018-07-16 10:08
Nkosentsha Shezi, a Durban funeral parlour owner, has become the face of radical organisations that have entered KZN politics to fill the vacuum created by ANC infighting.

Nkosentsha Shezi, a Durban funeral parlour owner, has become the face of radical organisations that have entered KZN politics to fill the vacuum created by ANC infighting. (Clive Ndou)

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With the ANC struggling to put in place a proper leadership structure in KZN, Nkosentsha Shezi has become the face of radical organisations seeking to fill the leadership vacuum created by party infighting.

“The ANC national executive committee [NEC] should rescind its decision to withdraw support for former president Jacob Zuma if it wants to be still in power in this province after next year’s general elections,” he said.

Shezi (42), who runs a funeral parlour business, is the chairperson of the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) Champion — an umbrella organisation that includes civil society groups such as Durban’s Delangokubona Business Forum and the National Funeral Practitioners Association of SA (Nafupa SA).

With ANC provincial leaders supporting Zuma unable to openly back the former president out of fear of a backlash from the party’s national top brass, Shezi and leaders of organisations affiliated to RET Champion have been criss-crossing the province to drum up support for Zuma.

“He was removed from office and even now when he is no longer the president he is still being humiliated. We have no doubt in our minds that the only reason Zuma is being persecuted is because he supports RET,” Shezi said.

A former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) branch secretary in Kwadabeka near Pinetown, Shezi believes the current ANC top brass led by President Cyril Ramaphosa have abandoned RET to appease investors.

“The fact of the matter is that under the current leadership government policy is controlled by Western forces,” he said.

Leaders of the organisations affiliated to RET Champion, who have been raising funds and mobilising public support for Zuma during his court appearances, are also rooting for Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini in his battle against those calling for the dissolution of the Ingonyama Trust.

Shezi, who was one of the guest speakers at Zwelithini’s recent land imbizo held in Ulundi, wants land in the entire province, not only in rural areas, to be put under the control of traditional leaders.

“When colonialists took our land by force they took it from the traditional leaders, who are the ones that have always taken care of land on behalf of the Zulu people. So, it makes perfect sense to take back the stolen land and return it to the traditional leaders.

“All the land‚ from Port Shepstone to the Drakensberg, should be returned to the king‚” he added.

Shezi, who hails from KwaMashu, north of Durban, said his organisation would opt to back a rival political party in next year’s polls only if the ANC failed to act on the civil movement’s demands around Zuma and land.

“If the ANC does the right thing then there won’t be a need to talk about an alternative political party.”


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