ANC to hold talks on KZN judg­ment

Business Day - - NATIONAL - Natasha Marrian and Claudi Mailovich

The ANC will hold a spe­cial na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing on Mon­day to de­cide on the way for­ward af­ter the elec­tion of its KwaZulu-Na­tal lead­er­ship was de­clared un­law­ful.

The meet­ing takes place amid dis­agree­ment be­tween the party’s na­tional of­fice and the now de­funct provin­cial lead­er­ship over whether to ap­peal against the court judg­ment.

There is con­cern that the judg­ment, which was a blow to the fac­tion aligned to Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, could de­rail the ANC’s na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

The prov­ince has 15 days to ap­peal and the next sched­uled na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing takes place only at the end of Septem­ber.

This comes as two other ANC re­gions — the North West and the East­ern Cape — bat­tled the party in court this week.

On Thurs­day, ANC na­tional spokesman Zizi Kodwa said that Mon­day’s spe­cial meet­ing would deal with the KwaZu­luNatal judg­ment only.

Busi­ness Day re­ported on Tues­day that one pos­si­bil­ity was for a provin­cial task team to be set up to re­place the il­le­gal KwaZulu-Na­tal ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee. The other op­tion was to ap­peal against the judg­ment.

The pres­i­dent’s back­ers are likely to put up a fight on Mon­day to en­sure that if a task team is put in place, it is made up of lead­ers aligned to Zuma.

The pre­vi­ous provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee lead­er­ship mem­bers un­der Senzo Mchunu, aligned to deputy pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, are likely to ar­gue that due to the il­le­gal­ity of the elec­tion that ousted them, they should be re­turned to their posts or a new elec­tive con­fer­ence held.

ANC trea­surer-gen­eral Zweli Mkhize told jour­nal­ists on the side­lines of the Met­als and En­gi­neer­ing Ind­aba in Jo­han­nes­burg, they would have to make sure the de­ci­sion of the na­tional com­mit­tee did not con­tam­i­nate the De­cem­ber con­fer­ence.

PRES­I­DENT’S BACK­ERS ARE LIKELY TO PUT UP A FIGHT … TO EN­SURE A TASK TEAM IS MADE UP OF LEAD­ERS ALIGNED WITH ZUMA

“The elec­tion of lead­er­ship should not be con­tam­i­nated with the out­come of the court case,” Mkhize said.

“What is im­por­tant is to make sure we bring all the dif­fer­ent groups to­gether, the lead­er­ship and those who were part of the pre­vi­ous lead­er­ship, into a di­a­logue that must help us to try and sta­bilise the prov­ince and re­solve the is­sues that caused the kind of sit­u­a­tion that we are in.”

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