Ef­forts in­ten­sify to end ANC hos­til­i­ties in KZN

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Politics - BONOLO SELEBANO bono­los@afro­tone.co.za

THE ANC can­not be run through the coun­try’s courts ow­ing to in­ter­nal dis­putes, ANC NEC KwaZulu-Na­tal in­terim team leader Edna Molewa said yes­ter­day.

This comes as the ANC na­tional dis­pute res­o­lu­tion com­mit­tee, led by deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral Jessie Duarte, yes­ter­day touched down in the prov­ince to hold a meet­ing with dis­grun­tled party mem­bers who ob­tained a court in­ter­dict to stop the party’s provin­cial elec­tive con­fer­ence last week.

The ANC na­tional work­ing com­mit­tee (NWC) on Monday re­solved party lead­ers should con­sult with branches that had raised griev­ances amid calls for party mem­bers who pre­vented the elec­tive con­fer­ence from tak­ing place to be hauled be­fore the party’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

Feed­back on the mat­ter is ex­pected at the NEC meet­ing next Monday.

Molewa said the party’s na­tional dis­pute res­o­lu­tion com­mit­tee yes­ter­day held en­gage­ments with branch mem­bers and the provin­cial lead­er­ship.

Mak­ing ref­er­ence to the es­tab­lish­ment of the party’s dis­pute res­o­lu­tion com­mit­tee, Molewa said it was im­por­tant for ANC mem­bers to lodge their griev­ances to the struc­ture rather than seek re­lief in court.

“We don’t want the ANC to be nul­li­fied by the courts. That is not in the best in­ter­ests of the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” she told Afro Voice.

Molewa said the com­mit­tee would meet with branch mem­bers from the from the Moses Mab­hida, Harry Gwala and Lower South Coast re­gions to iron out re­la­tions. “Cur­rently our dis­pute res­o­lu­tion com­mit­tee is in KZN. We are go­ing to be meet­ing with the re­gions to con­sult. The or­gan­i­sa­tion needs to first hear the dis­pute,” she said.

The court mat­ter will re­turn to the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg High Court on July 7.

Molewa said while the provin­cial con­fer­ence was in­ter­dicted in the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg High Court and the mat­ter has been post­poned to next month, she was con­fi­dent that all dis­putes would be set­tled so that the con­fer­ence will pro­ceed dur­ing the course of next month.

“The con­fer­ence will hap­pen next month,” she said.

The ag­grieved party mem­bers filed court pa­pers com­plain­ing that var­i­ous branch gen­eral meet­ings across the re­gions were lit­tered with ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties among oth­ers.

ANC provin­cial co­or­di­na­tor Sihle Zikalala said last week the ANC would be mak­ing a con­certed ef­fort to end hos­til­i­ties. “We’ll be en­gag­ing with out­stand­ing branches that have not con­vened BGMs and some of the com­rades who’ve raised is­sues, fi­nalise those is­sues and go to re­gional con­fer­ences where we are ready – in Harry Gwala, Lower South Coast and Moses Mab­hida.”

ANC NEC mem­ber No­cawe Mafu was adamant that an­other at­tempt would be made to re­run the con­fer­ence.

“And we’re very con­fi­dent that in the process of deal­ing with what­ever chal­lenges that have risen out of the con­fer­ence not tak­ing place we’ll be able to deal with them and this con­fer­ence will be re­con­vened,” she said.

IN­TER­NAL SO­LU­TION: ANC mem­bers protest out­side the High Court.

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