ANC ‘rebels’ to op­pose KZN ap­peal

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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.

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