ANC NWC to visit KZN

Party lead­er­ship to be­gin process of re­mov­ing pro-Zuma pro­vin­cial cab­i­net

The Witness - - NEWS - CLIVE NDOU • clive.ndou@wit­ness.co.za • nompilo.kunene@wit­ness.co.za

THE ANC is send­ing in its heavy­weights to be­gin the process of re­mov­ing the cur­rent KZN pro­vin­cial cab­i­net back­ing for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

The na­tional work­ing com­mit­tee (NWC), which is the ANC’s top lead­er­ship struc­ture that runs its day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties, re­solved to visit the province fol­low­ing the body’s meet­ing on Mon­day.

“There are just too many chal­lenges in KwaZulu-Natal and as mem­bers of the NWC we re­solved to visit the province to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion,” an NWC mem­ber said.

The NWC’s visit comes as in­ter­nal di­vi­sions deepen, with sev­eral ANC branch meet­ings across the province hav­ing de­scended into chaos and vi­o­lence.

While part of the pur­pose of the visit is to as­sess whether the cli­mate in the province is con­ducive for hold­ing the pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence that has been sched­uled to take place this month, it has been sug­gested that the con­fer­ence should be post­poned in­def­i­nitely.

“From the re­ports we are re­ceiv­ing from the province around the prepa­ra­tions for the con­fer­ence, there is no way they will be able to hold the con­fer­ence dur­ing the course of this month,” the NWC mem­ber said.

Chances are high that the proZuma lead­er­ship cur­rently con­trol­ling the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, and which is part of the sus­pended pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC), would have emerged vic­to­ri­ous had the con­fer­ence gone ahead as planned.

Post­pone­ment of the con­fer­ence will see the cur­rent pro­vin­cial in­terim com­mit­tee (PIC), whose term ex­pires on Mon­day, be­ing dis­banded and re­placed by the pro­vin­cial task team (PTT) that will have the power to reshuf­fle the cur­rent pro­vin­cial cab­i­net.

A PIC mem­ber aligned to the Cyril Ramaphosa fac­tion that had been op­posed to the pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence, said post­pon­ing the con­fer­ence will pave the way for the re­moval of the pro-Zuma pro­vin­cial cab­i­net. “From the word go we were op­posed to the con­fer­ence go­ing ahead ... you can­not hold a con­fer­ence if the play­ing fields are not level,” the PIC mem­ber said.

“We have a sit­u­a­tion where they, the Zuma peo­ple, are con­trol­ling gov­ern­ment and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. There is no doubt that they were plan­ning to use gov­ern­ment re­sources to buy branches.”

Ramaphosa sup­port­ers in the province want the pro­vin­cial cab­i­net to be reshuf­fled first, be­fore the pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence is held.

“It is un­fair to have in cab­i­net erty to mate with her, forc­ing his en­tire fam­ily to stay in­doors.

“These dogs also chase chil­dren on the street and peo­ple think it’s our dogs. I fear that one day they are go­ing to at­tack some­one and the com­mu­nity will blame it on me. These dogs also may have ra­bies so I am also scared of them.”

Mn­cube said he had re­ported the mat­ter to the SPCA on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

“The SPCA told me that I need to catch the dogs or make sure they are in our yard when they come through, but the prob­lem is I am also scared to go any­where near them.”

The SPCA yes­ter­day vis­ited Mn­cube’s home and one of the two dogs was re­moved from his prop­erty. The other dog man­aged to flee and at­tempts by the SPCA peo­ple that had been de­ployed by a PEC which the courts had de­clared il­le­git­i­mate. The rea­son why the PEC was sus­pended was pre­cisely be­cause of that court judg­ment. If we are to cor­rect the wrongs that had been done in the past we also need to cor­rect this mat­ter around the pro­vin­cial cab­i­net and have peo­ple from both camps rep­re­sented in the cab­i­net.”

How­ever, Zuma sup­port­ers in the province are fum­ing over the ANC na­tional lead­er­ship’s plans to pull the plug on the pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence.

“It is im­por­tant for peo­ple to know the lead­ers who would be rep­re­sent­ing them in gov­ern­ment af­ter the gen­eral elec­tions. We are com­pletely op­posed to the idea of go­ing to the elec­tions with­out a proper pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship struc­ture BE­LOW: PHO­TOS: IAN CARBUTT field of­fers to cap­ture the dog failed. Ron­nie Yeo­man, SPCA’s spokesper­son, said be­cause the SPCA cov­ers a huge area and does not have enough man­power to spend the day try­ing to catch dogs, they nor­mally ask peo­ple to con­fine stray dogs on their prop­erty un­til the SPCA ar­rives. in place.

“Branches should de­cide on lead­ers who will rep­re­sent them in gov­ern­ment and I don’t think it would be wise to im­pose lead­ers on branches,” ANC eThek­wini re­gional sec­re­tary Bheki Ntuli said.

Two weeks ago most of the mem­bers of the pro­vin­cial cab­i­net joined the crowd that went to the Durban high court to sup­port Zuma dur­ing his ap­pear­ance for crim­i­nal charges.

The ma­jor­ity of Zuma’s sup­port­ers sup­ported for­mer AU chair­per­son Nkosazana DlaminiZuma dur­ing the ANC’s pres­i­den­cial race, won by Ramaphosa.

The NWC will meet the PIC, re­gional ex­ec­u­tive eom­mit­tees (RECs) and branches on Sun­day and Mon­day.

.. ... the Zuma peo­ple are con­trol­ling gov­ern­ment and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. There is no doubt that they were plan­ning to use gov­ern­ment re­sources to buy branches.

“It’s not us be­ing dif­fi­cult but more of­ten than not, by the time we get there the an­i­mal has run away or can­not be found. Un­for­tu­nately we do not have enough peo­ple to be run­ning around look­ing for one dog when we’ve got cru­elty com­plaints to at­tend to,” she said.

A So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (SPCA) em­ployee re­moves one of the stray dogs from the back­yard of the Mn­cube fam­ily of Im­bali. Mvanga Mn­cube de­scribes the his ef­forts to keep the dogs out of his yard.

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