Stop using state resources to cause divisions - Zikalala

2015-11-08 22:09

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Pietermaritzburg – Newly elected ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Sihle Zikalala on Sunday said the use of state resources to cause factions in the party, must stop.

“We must defeat the use of money [to cause divisions]. This tendency is the main threat that erodes the moral fibre of this organisation,” said Zikalala delivering his closing remarks at the ANC’s 8th Provincial Conference in Pietermaritzburg where he was elected as the new chairperson.

Central to Zikalala’s speech was rebuilding and uniting the province.

“In the fight against factionalism, the first thing we need to do is self-introspection… We should uproot factionalism in the organisation.

“We must reclaim unity in the movement…We must work together as a collective and no one must impose themselves on other members or the organisation," Zikalala said.

He said unity meant respecting lower structures.

Zikalala said members within the ANC should be allowed to express themselves freely in the organisation.

“There must be no person who feels threatened or feels deprived of an opportunity to express themselves freely.”

He told delegate to put aside any differences they may have had before the conference.  

Discipline

“We can’t hold grudges against one another just because we differed on something. We all have a right to debate on leadership preferences and once we reach a decision, we must unite.”

Zikalala said discipline was equally important.

“We wish to send a clear message that ill-discipline does not belong in the ANC and all members of the ANC are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that preserves maximum discipline at all times.”

Zikalala said the next step would be ensuring that the eThekwini regional conference, which has been marred by controversy, convenes soon.

“We need to ensure that the conference is convened immediately… We commit ourselves to ensuring the branches that there will be a transparent and event free conference."

On social ills, Zikalala said: "Branches cannot remain silent when women are raped and children are killed. We must fight social ills whenever they prevail.”

“We need to ensure good governance and this includes fighting against corruption…”

Zikalala told delegates that KwaZulu-Natal had recently been characterised by a lack of social cohesion.

“We have seen the unfriendly remarks towards Indian communities… South Africa belongs to all who live in it.”

His majesty

He said the provincial government had developed a good relationship with traditional leaders.

“We appreciate the role played by his majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithini, and we will continue to enhance our relationship with the Royal Household.”

Zikalala said he would meet with the alliance soon to iron out some of the issue in the province.

He said no organisation should be able to compare itself to the ANC.

The party would now shift its focus to the elections.

Before departing delegates also voted for additional members that would sit in the provincial executive committee.

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