eThekwini conference marred by delays

2015-12-12 15:47
ANC supporters singing Pro-David Mabuza songs at the start of the Mpumalanga ANC elective conference. Picture: Mandla Khoza

ANC supporters singing Pro-David Mabuza songs at the start of the Mpumalanga ANC elective conference. Picture: Mandla Khoza

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Durban – The first day of the eThekwini regional elective conference has been marred by delays.

The conference which was scheduled to begin at 09:00 had not started by midday.

About 400 delegates are expected to elect their preferred candidate in a highly contested race between Mayor James Nxumalo and councillor Zandile Gumede.

eThekwini is the ANC’s biggest region and has been marred by controversy over the party failing to convene a successful conference.

The conference was adjourned indefinitely in May after disgruntled members, believed to be in Gumede's faction, disrupted proceedings.

This is the fifth attempt to hold the conference.

On Saturday there was a heavy police presence at the stadium.

News24 understands that the conference was been officiated by members of the national executive committee. President Jacob Zuma and some of the NEC members have reportedly been in KwaZulu-Natal since Thursday attending to disputes launched by branches of the ANC in Senzo Mchunu’s faction.

The branches are believed to be members supporting former provincial chairperson Senzo Mchunu.

A letter, which News24 has seen, penned by ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and dated October 27, reads: “We are advising and directing the PEC to postpone the provincial conference to a date beyond the eThekwini conference.”

Gwede then requested that the province provide it with new dates for both the eThekwini and the provincial conference.

“Kindly note that a complaint has been received about the deployment of the ANCYL deployees to run BGM’s.

“This is seen as shifting the responsibility of the PEC and the various REC’s to a league of the ANC. Kindly correct this and deal with it if it is a perception.”

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