The ANC Moses Mabhida region, which previously struggled to get its branches to hold successful meetings, has concluded its preparations for the party’s province conference over the weekend.
According to ANC regional secretary, Siminenkosi “Samora” Ndlovu, almost all of the region’s 91’s branches have concluded their branch general meetings (BGMs) to nominate candidates for the provincial conference.
“By last week we had only 11 branches left. We used the weekend extension to finalise the outstanding BGMs,” he said. On Wednesday, the ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) announced the postponement of the provincial conference, which was scheduled to sit next weekend.
This was after reports from the ANC regions had shown that most of the branches in the province were yet to conclude their nomination processes.
The provincial conference is likely to see Premier Sihle Zikalala, Treasury MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube, KZN Legislature Chair of Chairs Siboniso Duma and Amazulu FC chairperson Sandile Zungu contesting for the provincial chairperson position.
The fact that most of the Moses Mabhida region’s branches have concluded their BGMs is viewed as a boost for Zikalala, who has been endorsed by the region.
Zikalala, who is also being supported by the ANC’s General Gezenga Panza region in KwaDukuza, is the current ruling party provincial chairperson.
Party spokesperson Nhlankanipho Ntombela said the provincial conference will now take place from July 22 to 24.
With some of the ANC branches in the province endorsing either Dube-Ncube, Duma or Zungu, the provincial chairperson position is likely to be a highly contested one.
Wiseman Ngobese, a lobbyist for Dube-Ncube, said the postponement gave the MEC an opportunity to consolidate her support within ANC branches in the province.
She doesn’t want to win with a slim margin as that could imply that a number of branches have not endorsed her. So, we used the extra days to intensify our campaign
As much as the provincial conference is about the election of new leaders, it is also about ANC policy discussions.
According to ANC provincial secretary, Mdumiseni Ntuli, the party’s contentious step-aside policy would be one of the main issues which conference delegates would be discussing.
While the majority of ANC members in the province support the party’s step-aside resolution, Ntuli said, they are also concerned about the manner in which it is being implemented.
“It’s the selective application of the resolution which is problem,” he said. ANC branch nomination processes close tomorrow.”