Mbaks urges Gwede to in­ter­vene in PEC row

The Independent on Saturday - - NEWS -

PO­LICE min­is­ter and ANC na­tional work­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Fik­ile Mbalula has come out in sup­port of the nul­li­fied KwaZulu-Natal pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC).

“Com­rades can­not be told that they can ap­peal a case. If you look at the judg­ment, there are many loop­holes.

“If the PEC doesn’t ap­peal, who will do it? They are nul­li­fied but they must stand up to what they be­lieve they should do to pro­tect the in­tegrity of the ANC,” Mbalula said.

He made the com­ments dur­ing his visit to the no­to­ri­ous Gle­be­lands hos­tel.

A meet­ing between the ANC top brass and the party’s KZN lead­ers was ex­pected to take place at party head­quar­ters, Luthuli House, last night.

Ear­lier this week, a High Court judg­ment de­clared the prov­ince’s 2015 elec­tive con­fer­ence un­law­ful.

Pro­vin­cial struc­tures vowed to ap­peal the rul­ing.

A war of words between the mother body and the now-de­funct pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship erupted over whether or not to ap­peal the de­ci­sion.

Mbalula crit­i­cised the four mem­bers who took the party to court, say­ing the ANC had re­solved that mem­bers could not take the or­gan­i­sa­tion to court.

“Even if we may be fac­tional and we know that there are con­fer­ences com­ing up, we should not do things that are un-or­gan­i­sa­tional be­cause that will catch up with us.

“We can’t say, be­cause of our fac­tional in­ter­ests, we don’t deal with is­sues on the ba­sis of prin­ci­ple,” he said.

Mbalula said ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe, as the cus­to­dian of ANC poli­cies and prin­ci­ples, had to give di­rec­tion. – Zi­masa Mati­wane

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