ANC NWC to visit KZN
Party leadership to begin process of removing pro-Zuma provincial cabinet
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.