Zikalala admits to being party to eThekwini problems

2015-12-13 09:13
KwaZulu-Natal ANC Chairman Sihle Zikalala. Picture: TEBOGO LETSIE

KwaZulu-Natal ANC Chairman Sihle Zikalala. Picture: TEBOGO LETSIE

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Durban – ANC chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal Sihle Zikalala has for the first time admitted that the provincial leadership was party to the problems in the eThekwini region.

Delivering his opening address at the elective conference at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday Zikalala said the conference should be a new chapter.

“This is the third attempt to convene the conference. The first attempt was successful and was held on February 14, but it took place after a long period of the ANC trying to prepare for a conference.”

Zikalala said the outcome of that conference was appealed.

“That is why the national leadership resolved that we must rerun…Collectively we take full responsibility for what happened.”

Zikalala said a week before the conference the province realised that three branches were not audited.

 “We went to Cape Town to meet with the national leadership and we engaged and persuaded them but they did not agree they said we should do whatever we think will stabilise the organisation in the province.”

Zikalala said the conference was disrupted by delegates who were saying that ward 37 was not part of conference.

“We engaged national on issues of ward 37 and they said to us if the branch held a BGM and the BGM delegated that mandate to the BEC then they should be allowed to participate.”

KZN members

Zikalala said the party at the time was facing a series of challenges.

 “We want to close this chapter… We also want to own up as the leadership of KZN that some if these problems were our own mistakes and it would have been better to postpone the first conference.”

Zikalala said there was a lack of unity in the party.

“The lesson here is that a structure of the ANC must avoid being divided. Another lesson here is that we must also stick to the rules.”

“This is not to blame anyone because I was part of the PEC.”

Zikalala said for the first time in KZN members had launched an urgent caught interdict to try and stop the conference.

“We went to court today. There were comrades trying to interdict this conference. They presented their case and so did we and their interdict was dismissed with costs.”

He said ANC members should not celebrate the court’s decision.

“We need to discuss how we can unite the ANC. It is not acceptable for members to march to the ANC offices and insult leadership.

“It is not acceptable for people to take the ANC to court.”

“When I say that this conference must bring a new chapter, I mean that we must inculcate a character where we dance in front of the world but debate inside the ANC.”

Delegates are expected to elect new leadership.

According to the audit 72 branches were expected to be represented by 341 delegates, however only 256 were present.

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