Branch bars Zweli Mkhize

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The un­like­li­est of events took place last Sun­day when ANC trea­surer-gen­eral and long-stand­ing mem­ber Zweli Mkhize was barred from at­tend­ing a meet­ing at his branch in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg.

Mkhize, who is vy­ing to be party pres­i­dent, faced a hur­dle where he least expected one, in his own branch in Ward 14 in Wil­low­fontein, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg.

His name and that of his wife, May Mashego Mkhize, did not ap­pear on the roll for the meet­ing.

Sibu­siso Mkhize (not re­lated to Zweli Mkhize), the man lead­ing the charge against the ex­clu­sion, told City Press that Sun­day’s chaotic meet­ing was an illustration of the mea­sures taken by the Moses Mab­hida ANC re­gion to thwart any chance of the for­mer KwaZulu-Natal chair­per­son be­com­ing party pres­i­dent. How­ever, Sibu­siso Mkhize is con­fi­dent the task team deal­ing with the mat­ter will han­dle it with the ur­gency it de­serves. “I can con­firm a com­plaint was lodged on Tues­day to the re­gion, prov­ince and na­tional of­fices. It was on a range of is­sues but cen­tral was the ap­par­ent ex­clu­sion of a num­ber of com­rades from their branches,” said Mkhize, who in­di­cated the com­plaint had been sent via email. Mkhize is a for­mer ward coun­cil­lor and one of the trea­surer-gen­eral’s sup­port­ers who had sought to nom­i­nate Zweli Mkhize for pres­i­dent, some­thing that did not ma­te­ri­alise.

The re­gion, led by chair­per­son Mthandeni Dlung­wane and sec­re­tary Mzi Zuma, is known to be fully be­hind pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

“We can­not have a sit­u­a­tion where one can be a branch mem­ber in good stand­ing and all of a sud­den their names are said to be not on the list, there is some­thing go­ing on and it must be ad­dressed swiftly,” said Sibu­siso Mkhize.

He said the grow­ing num­ber of com­plaints from party mem­bers both in Moses Mab­hida and many parts of the prov­ince was an in­di­ca­tion there were prob­lems.

Some ANC mem­bers have crit­i­cised the for­mer KwaZulu-Natal chair­per­son for cling­ing to his branch in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg while sta­tioned in Gaut­eng. A se­nior ANC mem­ber said Sun­day’s devel­op­ment was bound to hap­pen. “When one gets de­ployed to an­other re­gion or con­stituency, one should em­brace that and take up mem­ber­ship of the branch in which they are de­ployed as op­posed to re­tain­ing mem­ber­ship in a branch where they hardly make any con­tri­bu­tion,” said the mem­ber.

He ob­served that aside from Mkhize, Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Bheki Cele had fol­lowed the same trend by be­long­ing and re­tain­ing mem­ber­ship to branches of their homes as op­posed to in their de­ploy­ment ar­eas.

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