KZN: ‘Don’t tell us what to do’

Pol­i­tics Zuma loy­al­ists won’t lis­ten to NEC’s rul­ing on whether to ap­peal

The Times (South Africa) - - News - By NATHI OLIFANT and MATTHEW SAVIDES

● The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal looks set for a bat­tle royale with its par­ent body as the fall­out fol­low­ing Tues­day’s court rul­ing con­tin­ues, threat­en­ing to tear the prov­ince apart.

The party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee said it would, in the wake of the court rul­ing that de­clared that the ANC KwaZulu-Natal

2015 con­fer­ence was con­sti­tuted un­law­fully, step in and de­cide whether it would al­low the party in the prov­ince to ap­peal.

The ANC top six lead­er­ship is ex­pected to meet the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive on Fri­day.

But at a heated press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, the ANC Youth League stopped just short of telling the NEC to back off.

Flanked by the ANC Women’s League, vet­er­ans’ league and re­gional lead­ers, the ANCYL threw its full weight be­hind the cur­rent pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

ANCYL pro­vin­cial chair­man Kwazi Mshengu said a de­ci­sion to ap­peal against the judg­ment had noth­ing to do with the NEC.

ANCYL KwaZulu-Natal sec­re­tary Than­dux­olo Sabelo said the case was about in­flu­enc­ing the ANC’s elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber in favour of Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

“Th­ese com­rades are not even con­test­ing the pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence. They know there’s no space to con­test,” said Sabelo.

The ANCYL said the so-called “rebels”, com­pris­ing 43 branches that claimed the 2015 con­fer­ence should not have gone ahead and its re­sults re­jected, sim­ply wanted to cause in­sta­bil­ity in KwaZulu-Natal.

This had the po­ten­tial to re­sult in fewer del­e­gates from KwaZulu-Natal at­tend­ing the De­cem­ber na­tional con­fer­ence, a move that could be a big set­back for Nkosazana DlaminiZuma’s pres­i­den­tial am­bi­tions.

Ear­lier on Wed­nes­day, for­mer KwaZu­luNatal premier Zweli Mkhize said it was vi­tal for the NEC to take mat­ters in the prov­ince into its hands.

“What’s im­por­tant now is that if we do not man­age this process it may cre­ate a per­sis­tence of ten­sions and in­sta­bil­ity and a lead­er­ship that re­mains ques­tion­able,” Mkhize said.

“At the core of this are the di­vi­sions inside the prov­ince. We need to ad­dress that is­sue and un­der­stand that the is­sues are largely po­lit­i­cal and the lead­er­ship has to sub­mit to an in­ter­ven­tion by the na­tional lead­er­ship.”

Pic­ture: Getty Images

Anti-nu­clear ac­tivists wear­ing masks to look like US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pose next to a sty­ro­foam ef­figy of a nu­clear bomb in Ber­lin, Ger­many, on Wed­nes­day. The protests took place at the North Korean and US em­bassies

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