In­ter­nal court bat­tles could cost rul­ing party

The Mercury - - NEWS - Samkelo Mt­shali

THE ANC’s eThek­wini Re­gion lead­er­ship has warned of se­vere reper­cus­sions that could harm the ANC’s prospects in next year’s gen­eral elec­tions if dis­grun­tled party mem­bers con­tin­ued fight­ing their bat­tles through the courts.

Un­happy party mem­bers from four of the prov­ince’s 11 re­gions suc­cess­fully ap­plied to the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg High Court to in­ter­dict the ANC’s pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence last week­end.

ANC eThek­wini sec­re­tary Bheki Ntuli said party mem­bers should not al­low the courts to be used to pre­vent the ANC from hav­ing a solid lead­er­ship struc­ture.

“Right now we should be on the cam­paign trail, fully led by an elected pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship struc­ture, with a pro­gramme to cam­paign so peo­ple can vote for the ANC next year.

“But hav­ing peo­ple who, when they’re not elected or those they pre­fer are not elected, then take the ANC to court is the challenge we’re fac­ing.

“The peo­ple must know what’s im­por­tant is to have a solid ANC, not whose friends are elected to lead the prov­ince,” said Ntuli.

He said the court bat­tles the party was fac­ing would have an ad­verse ef­fect on the party’s prospects at the polls next year.

“You can’t run a proper cam­paign with­out the ma­chin­ery, or a com­mon cen­tre which is a pro­vin­cial struc­ture.

“If you cam­paign in the re­gions, then it will be the re­gions cam­paign­ing on their own,” Ntuli said.

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