Knives out for KZN provincial secretary

2015-06-09 10:04
Sihle Zikalala (Picture: Beeld)

Sihle Zikalala (Picture: Beeld)

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Durban - The knives are out for KwaZulu-Natal provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala as disgruntled members of the ANC Youth League accuse him of convening an illegal, fraudulent and unconstitutional congress at the weekend.

Members have also accused Zikalala of being “a dictator who was trying to turn the ANCYL into a helpdesk that would help him oust current chairperson Senzo Mchunu”, and see him become the next premier of KwaZulu-Natal.

Zikala has refused to comment.

The KZN ANCYL held its congress at the Ugu Sports and Leisure centre in Port Shepstone at the weekend. The two-day congress saw Umvoti mayor Thami Ngubane trump his opponent Sipho Hlomuka from eThekwini region.

Disruptions, delays, violence

The first day of the congress was marred by disruptions, delays and violence. Two people were allegedly shot with rubber bullets during a stand-off between the police and disgruntled members from six regions who were barred from entering the venue after they attempted to disrupt the congress.

On Monday night, the disgruntled members stormed the Coastlands Hotel on Peter Mokaba Road [Ridge Road] in Durban - where a meeting was being held between the party’s top six and the Provincial Executive Committee – demanding that the ANC top brass deal with their grievances.

It is believed President Jacob Zuma, along with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, chairperson Baleka Mbete, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, deputy secretary Jessie Duarte and treasurer Zweli Mkhize, were in Durban to discuss issues affecting the eThekwini region.

The disgruntled ANC Youth League members on Monday vowed to wait all night to address the top six. 

“They came here to deal with issues affecting the eThekwini region but we want them to deal with the illegal ANC Youth League congress that took place at the weekend. Most of the people here are from the Abaqulusi, Ukhahlamba, greater KwaDukuza, Moses Mabhida, Emalahleni, eThekwini and Far North regions. 

'The entire process was a fraud'

“We are outside Coastlands Hotel but the police are firing rubber bullets and teargas and chasing us away saying that the president is here and we need to get as far from the hotel as possible. But we are not going anywhere because we believe the ANCYL congress was illegal, unconstitutional and fraudulent.”

“There were bogus delegates and branches. We know that eThekwini, Moses Mabhida, Far North and Musa Dladla were not part of the congress. They took students from the Durban University of Technology and the University of KwaZulu-Natal and made them delegates. Six regions did not participate in the congress, only five regions voted so we do not understand how they met the quorum,” said a source outside the hotel who asked not to be named.

“Nathi Mthethwa was supposed to facilitate the congress but the congress was facilitated by Provincial Task Team member Mzi Thobola, the entire process was a fraud,” said the source. 

The disgruntled members also questioned newly elected chairperson Thami Ngubane’s age, saying there were rumours that Ngubane is older than 35 and does not fall under the youth league category.

“Sihle Zikalala is the one who orchestrated the entire thing because he wants to oust current ANC provincial chair Senzo Mchunu, he wants to become premier after the provincial congress in September,” he said.

Another ANC Youth League member from ward 22 in eThekwini region said the aim of the gathering was to address the top six.

“We want the top six to hear us out because the matter is no longer a provincial matter. We have exhausted all avenues, we reported our grievances to province and they ignored us. We reported the issue to the Provincial Task Team and they also ignored us. It is clear that Sihle Zikalala is behind this.

“If Sihle had listened to us when we first reported the issues then this would have never happened,” said the source. 


A source from Emalahleni region said the congress was a sham.

“There were people there that were suspended but were allowed to participate in the congress. The regional secretary of Emalahleni was suspended by the Regional Executive Committee but he was participated in the congress. We don’t understand the contradictions,” he said.

A source from the Lower South Coast region said the problems began at the ANCYL regional congress last year.

“There is dictatorship from provincial level. Sihle Zikalala wants to turn the youth league into a helpdesk that will make him the provincial chairperson so that he can become the premier of KwaZulu-Natal.

“We want the youth league in KZN to be like the youth of Peter Mokaba and Fikile Mbalula, we don’t want to be dictated to by Sihle Zikalala. There are serious issues affecting the youth in KZN, we have the Economic Freedom Fighters emerging strongly in the province but we are too busy fighting.

“The leadership that was chosen at the weekend are too busy with tenders and they are being supported by Sihle. Sihle must not kill the youth league. We will wait all night for the top six to address us,” said the source.

'Sour grapes'

When News24 approached provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala for comment he referred News24 to newly elected ANCYL provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabela, who was unavailable to comment.

Newly elected ANCYL provincial chairperson Thami Ngubane told News24 that top six had left Durban shortly after the meeting with the PEC. 

“I was in the meeting between the top six and the PEC. President Jacob Zuma even congratulated me on becoming the new chairperson and he was given a report from Nathi Mthethwa about the congress.

“If the congress was fraudulent then I wouldn’t have attended the meeting with the top six and the PEC,” said Ngubane.

He said a meeting was held on last week Tuesday and all the regions expressed that they were ready to hold the congress.

“Everyone agreed that the congress must sit. We had another meeting on Thursday where regions again said they were ready. We were shocked on Saturday when members tried to disrupt the congress.”

He denied that six regions were denied participation.

“That would mean that majority of the regions did not participate. These tendencies of disrupting congresses emerged during the rebuilding processes. There are members who do not respect democracy. Some delegates believe that, ‘It is me or nothing’ and they want to take the entire organisation down with them.”

When asked about his age he said, “You can go to Home Affairs and check for yourself, I was born in 1983, I still carry the same ID that I got in 1999 when I was in school. These comrades are just sour grapes because they lost,” said Ngubane.

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