Efforts intensify to end ANC hostilities in KZN
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.