ANC fac­tions bury the hatchet

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Front Page - SIHLE MAVUSO sih­lem@the­newage.co.za

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.

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