Delegates arrive at KZN ANC elective conference

2015-11-06 13:38
Current ANC chairperson Senzo Mchunu and his deputy Willies Mchunu. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Current ANC chairperson Senzo Mchunu and his deputy Willies Mchunu. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg – Delegates started arriving at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg on Friday for the KwaZulu-Natal ANC's 8th Provincial Conference.

The elective conference, which was set to be opened by national chairperson Baleka Mbete at 09:00, was delayed as a result of stringent security measures at various checkpoints that caused massive bottlenecks at the gates.

Some delegates arrived to find their accreditation and tags were not ready, but they were not perturbed by the delays, saying they believed that the conference was going to be a success.

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More than 1 300 delegates are expected to elect new provincial leadership in a highly contested race between current provincial chairperson and KZN premier, Senzo Mchunu, and provincial secretary, Sihle Zikalala.

Roy Moloi, from the ward 23 in Empangeni in the Musa Dladla region said, “We want Mchunu to be re-elected. We have seen what he has done for the province. All the municipalities that we have won, we own under his leadership. We want him to carry on with the great work. The numbers do not lie, we are going to win with 60% and the audited numbers are 1 253."

(Amanda Khoza, News24)

Divided between Mchunu and Zikalala

Willem Dumo Bhengu from ward 7, the OR Tambo branch, said, “I want current chairperson Senzo Mchunu to win because he has norms and standards to lead the people. This province will collapse if he is not re-elected.”

Deputy chairperson of the ANC Youth League, Kwazi Mshengu, said, “We are confident that the processes will go well and it will be peaceful. We are also confident that by Sunday, we will have comrade Sihle Zikalala closing the conference.”

Ian Mavundla from ward 7 in the Lower South Coast also said he supported Zikalala.

“We are #ZikaZuma. We are with Zikakala and Zuma. Zikalala has been leading the ANC as the secretary; he is ready for the responsibility because he knows what he is doing,” he said. 

Provincial executive member Bongi Mshanelo Nkomo said she knew that the ANC would be the overall winner.

“I just want unity in the organisation. Our organisation is so deeply divided and it hurts because we grew up in the organisation. We need KZN to go back to what it was, people are rejoicing because we are so divided,” said Nkomo.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver a keynote address later on Friday.

(Amanda Khoza, News24)

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