Mbaks urges Gwede to intervene in PEC row
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