ANC factions bury the hatchet
FEARS of losing KwaZulu-Natal appears to have forced the two warring ANC factions in the eThekwini region to bury the hatchet and work towards unity.
More than 500 members convened yesterday outside the Coastlands Hotel in Durban where the party’s national working committee (NWC) was to hold a meeting with the provincial interim committee (PIC).
However, the NWC meeting was postponed and the would-be protest turned into a report-back meeting of sorts.
Thabani Nyawose, a councillor from Umlazi, said the ANC was collapsing in the region as its membership stood at 40 000, dropping from 180 000 around 2010. He said a five-a -side team of representatives of the two ANC factions had met on Sunday with PIC members and five members from the eThekwini regional executive committee.
They agreed that both sides were to be blamed. Nyawose said the issue of excluding members who didn’t agree with factions was done by both sides.
He said they then agreed to meet with the 42 (out of 110) aggrieved branches and deal with their problems.
“The PIC and the five-a-side will come out with solutions.”
Spokesperson for the eThekwini region, Zinhle Cele, confirmed the meeting on Sunday where issues were ironed out.
This has raised hopes that the province might still be able to proceed with regional conferences and the provincial conference which were suspended due to the ongoing conflict between the two factions.
UNITY: Members of ANC eThekwini region strive for unity.