KZN ANC denies infighting, vote-rigging

2012-10-31 19:25

Durban - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has rejected reports that the party's biggest region was rocked by infighting, claims of vote-rigging and the deliberate exclusion of some branch members.

Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the party was "perturbed by reports suggesting that there was an isolated campaign to isolate some leaders in the eThekwini region ahead of the 53rd national conference".

Zikalala was reacting to news reports of allegations that the region had inflated membership figures with ghost members and deliberately sidelined senior party leaders seen as anti-Zuma from branch meetings and voters rolls.

The reports did not say who was making the allegations.

Zikalala said the fact that former national police chief Bheki Cele's name had been excluded from the voters’ roll of his ward had nothing to do with the region.

The party’s voter rolls were compiled by the African National Congress' national office.

"We want to state clearly that the ANC was not aware that comrade Cele's name did not appear on the voter's roll of his ward until the issue appeared in the newspapers," Zikalala said.

"To suggest that comrade Cele's name was deliberately excluded from the roll by ANC leaders in the eThekwini Region is mischievous."

He said the party had not received any complaints that members were being sidelined.

The party’s provincial leadership had not received any complaints of ghost membership or vote rigging.

"If the allegations made in the media have substance, we urge people who have made them to report them to the ANC, so that we can conduct a thorough investigation before the nomination process closes."

Zikalala said he was concerned at the "the continued publication of fabricated stories, or stories that have not been well researched".

  • SharonE - 2012-10-31 19:34

    The ANC's understanding of the word "deny" - : What you are saying is true, you know it and they know it, but they will contradict you in any way, because admitting the truth is not the way of the ANC.

      Oraniaboer - 2012-10-31 23:33

      I see CRACKS in the anc. MMMMmmmmmmmm

      willemdaniel.venter - 2012-11-01 08:54

      Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

      johny.stront - 2012-11-01 09:31

      Just a Bunch of Gangsters.Exactly like the mob opperates.

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-10-31 19:45

    It will seems like by hook or crook The Spear will be calling for his Mshini wakhe in Mangaung and 2014... # scary thought

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-10-31 19:48

    Amazing that the Cele details is correct, why then should we doubt the rest of the info provided to the media.

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-10-31 19:49

    You are rigging everything into your favour.The anc must stop to lie or is it in the genes.....

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-10-31 19:51

    Zikalala you look like a fat liar

  • bantu.jonginamba - 2012-10-31 19:58

    Why Cele's name has been removed from voter's roll if the allegations are false?Truth is you are on self destruct mode and Im loving it.Steve Biko did not die for this,he died for a government that puts the needs of the masses that put it to power first.He died so I can choose leaders that represent my aspirations not their narrow selfish needs.So keep on doing what you do best,filling your pockets with my money,while the oppossition is canvassing we might find ourselves a true democracy not this Zumonarchy.

  • mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-10-31 20:02

    The KZN is ANC's biggest region with tons of illeterate and stuborn tribalist leaders who are still Govern by caprice in 21st century

  • Erna - 2012-10-31 20:17

    Of course they deny it. 'Deny' is part of the anc's motto.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-31 20:20

    Zikalala couldn't even reason or explain the SUDDEN SURGE of membership numbers of KZN cANCer- so it wasn't surprising that 2weeks ago they had to 'COLLECT' 'members' from SHEBEENS so they could 'form a QUORUM' in order to NOMINATE ZUMA

  • dali.mpofu.9 - 2012-10-31 20:31

    "tons of illeterate and stuborn tribalist leaders who are still govern by caprice in 21st century" wow @ mbuti decipher this as a literate person dime que hay de malo en ser illeterate, trabilist y stuborn si es es la unica forma de vida que usted sabe sobre todo si no esta bien informada. Does make you illeterate or learned

      mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-10-31 21:06

      Reply in english and don't use that swahili or whatevr the f* u usd there u sick bustard

      peter.grant.1023611 - 2012-10-31 22:00

      Actually that french looks spanish to me.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-01 09:18

    Oriana, The 'cracks' have become gaping crevices!!!!!

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