Presence of ‘ghost delegate’ disrupts ANC’s Harry Gwala conference

2016-05-03 09:39
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Pietermaritzburg - Disgruntled ANC branches in Harry Gwala have appealed for the party’s regional list conference to be reconvened.

The party held the conference on April 19 at the Peace Initiative Hall in Ixopo, to nominate its PR councillor candidates to represent the party in the Harry Gwala Municipality.

However, the delegates who attended the conference said the proceedings finished prematurely after provincial secretary Super Zuma apparently refused to do verification of the delegates’ credentials at the request of the delegates after a “ghost delegate” was discovered inside the venue.

The ghost delegate was asked to leave, but delegates wanted all other delegates to be verified, believing more “ghosts” would be discovered.

In a letter addressed to the provincial chairperson (dated April 22) of which The Witness has a copy, the delegates called on the Provincial List Committee to revoke the legitimacy of the conference.

Mzolisi Ndobe, who attended the conference, said delegates had started heckling Zuma when he refused to do the verification.

“Zuma took a decision to declare the conference closed and reiterated that he would take the names appearing in the list as they were to the Provincial List Committee to decide.

“But the conference had not discussed those names and put them to vote. The candidates needed 60% of votes for their names to make it on that final list,” he said.

Ndobe also highlighted other issues which arose at the conference.

“The branches from Umzimkhulu Sub-region in wards 8, 21 and 22 had lodged appeals prior to the conference, and the verdicts had not been finalised.

“The branches were allowed to participate though there was an ongoing appeal,” he said.

Ndobe said the branches also raised concerns about the district list.

He said there was evidence that the names that appeared on the district list presented at the conference differed from those reflected in the records of the branch nominations.

ANC provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli confirmed yesterday that the provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala, received the appeal from the Harry Gwala region.


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