ANC could’ve avoided KZN spat
helplessness after receiving a response from Mantashe in which he did not address their complains. Instead, he criticised them for communicating through a lawyer. This attitude from the mother body left them no choice but to go the legal route, he said.
Their detractors have called them counterrevolutionaries and a Mchunu-rented crowd from rural KwaZulu-Natal.
“I take it as an insult,” he says.
“I’m a practising private optometrist. Ever since this thing started, I couldn’t think of doing that work. My business was affected and, obviously, my income and lifestyle changed. It had an impact on my family and friends. They are always worried, given the understanding of how violent KwaZulu-Natal is.”
Dube was chairperson in the Lebo Ngubane branch in Heidelberg, before moving to Vryheid in 2009, where he worked as an optometrist. He transferred his ANC membership to his new home, in Abaqulusi, where he is now an ANC branch treasurer.
“I had faith in God and still have faith. Hence I’m just sitting here without a bodyguard. I am worried, but I put everything in God because I always jokingly say that, if something terrible happens, it means it will be God’s timing.”
Dube believes that a planned appeal by the KwaZuluNatal ANC executive committee stands no chance in overturning the ruling, as a full bench of judges heard the matter and came to a conclusion.
The reluctance by the leadership under Zikalala to relinquish power is due to frustration, he says.
“Imagine a situation where you are holding power and then you wake up in the morning and told you are there unlawfully.”
Dube hopes the ANC national executive committee (NEC), which is expected to sit next Friday, will make the right decision about the judgment.
“The secretary-general [Mantashe] must have gotten a letter from our advocate by now. There should be a letter indicating that we are expecting the provincial executive committee to be out of office. Forty-eight hours is gone.”
Until the provincial executive committee brought an application for leave to appeal, it had to vacate the office, he said.
“The NEC must speedily sort out this matter and establish a task team.”
He said an unfavourable decision from the NEC would mean one thing: that branches must choose their leaders wisely at the national elective conference in December.
Dube has already nailed his colours to the mast and supports Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who Dube believes can save the ANC and bring about unity.