Lobbying for ANC’s eThekwini chair starts

2015-12-08 11:15
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Pietermaritzburg - Lobbying for the position of the ANC’s eThekwini regional chairperson has started again.

The region is expected to hold its regional conference soon in what is expected to be a highly contested poll between current mayor James Nxumalo and councillor Zandile Gumede.

The ANC Youth League in the region said they would support Gumede to be elected as the regional chairperson.

“This leadership is genuinely supported because these leaders are grounded in the revolutionary struggles of the poor and working class.

“They are unquestionably and organically connected to our struggle for economic freedom in our lifetime,” said Siqiniseko Shezi, regional secretary.

Shezi said their branches had started lobbying for the election of Gumede.

“A strong political will to integrate young people into the mainstream economy is needed and we believe that this leadership has that political will to drive the agenda of young people. It is our firm belief that these leaders will accelerate the wheels of youth development,” he said.

Gumede is said to have the support of the new provincial ANC leadership.

During the announcement of the results in the provincial conference last month, Gumede was heard saying her “way to leading eThekwini Region has been paved”.

The region, which is the ANC’s biggest in the country, has been without leadership after the ANC national leadership nullified the conference results earlier this year amid vote rigging allegations.

Nxumalo had defeated Gumede in the polls.

The conference was also postponed indefinitely in May after disgruntled members believed to be on Gumede’s side, disrupted the rescheduled conference.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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