ANC could’ve avoided KZN spat

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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.

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