KZN: ‘Don’t tell us what to do’
Politics Zuma loyalists won’t listen to NEC’s ruling on whether to appeal
● 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.”
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