ANC ‘rebels’ to oppose KZN appeal
DURBAN — Aggrieved KwaZuluNatal ANC members who legally challenged the results of the party’s 2015 provincial conference and won, will oppose an appeal launched in the matter by the sitting provincial executive committee (PEC).
An irate Lawrence Dube, one of the chief applicants in the matter, yesterday morning told News24 that he would be meeting with his lawyer during the course of the day to produce and sign affidavits for court.
“We are opposing their appeal, for sure. We are meeting with our advocates this morning.”
He added the matter will be heard today or tomorrow morning.
Dube and four others brought the court case against the ANC in May 2016.
The ANC members challenged the results of the conference that saw incumbent chairperson Sihle Zikalala replacing former premier Senzo Mchunu.
The ANC national executive committee (NEC) recently said it would allow the sitting PEC to oppose the high court judgment.
Dube said the NEC should instead have “swallowed their pride” and disbanded the PEC and installed a provincial task team (PTT).
He said the NEC recent decision to allow the sitting PEC to appeal the court ruling “controversial and unfortunate“.
Dube also accused the NEC of delaying the issue to keep the illegal PEC to in power.
“They gave the national working committee (NWC) a task to see who can serve in that PTT. The NWC had to give report the following week. The NWC never met. The PEC then filed their intention to appeal.”
“Someone ensured that the NWC does not meet and allows the PEC to file documents.”
He added that, during the latest meeting with the NEC, he was told that, while the party apologised for delays, it would allow the PEC to file an appeal.
“It is a planned thing. They are playing politics here. I take it as, let’s talk peace, but go and fight them.”
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa was not immediately available for comment.