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Chris Ndaliso
Senior journalist
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22 Jun 2022
06:00

Deadline for ANC branches in KZN

Chris Ndaliso

The clock is ticking for ANC branches in KwaZulu-Natal, as only about 50% of them have convened their branch general meetings (BGMs) ahead of next month’s provincial elective conference.

The clock is ticking for ANC branches in KwaZulu-Natal, as only about 50% of them have convened their branch general meetings (BGMs) ahead of next month’s provincial elective conference.

The party’s provincial leadership on Tuesday called on all branches to convene outstanding BGMs by no later than June 30 to nominate delegates for the provincial elective conference, which will be held in eThekwini.

Two delegates per branch

Each branch will send at least two delegates to the conference — a man and a woman, or both women. The maximum delegates per branch is six, depending on the number of members in a particular branch.

Some ANC branches have already announced their preferred candidates for the position of the provincial chair, which is expected to be contested by the current chairperson, Sihle Zikalala, as well as Amazulu FC boss, Sandile Zungu, along with Treasury MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube and former KZN director-general, Nhlanhla Ngidi.

Speaking during a press briefing in Durban yesterday, ANC provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli said the provincial executive committee (PEC) has agreed that the main content of the provincial conference would be the discussion documents released by the ANC’s national executive committee in preparation for the party’s upcoming national policy conference.

Ntuli said:

“However, the PEC has directed the Provincial Working Committee (PWC) to identify policy matters specific to KwaZulu-Natal which may not be covered by the current discussion documents for the conference to consider.”

He said the PEC received and discussed a detailed political overview presented by the ANC provincial chairperson, Zikalala, and the report of the provincial working group, which covered the day-to-day activities of the party.

“These two reports formed the foundation of the discussion in the PEC, the highest authority of the ANC in between provincial conferences in KwaZulu-Natal,” he said.

By-elections fundamental for ANC

He said the PEC also mandated the working committee to do everything possible to ensure that the ANC secures a decisive victory in the coming by-elections in Umdoni, Umfolozi, Umthonjaneni and Umvoti local municipalities.

These by-elections are fundamental for the ANC to regain the lost ground since the November 2021 municipal election and also to consolidate towards the next general election in 2024, he said.

Ntuli said, during its last meeting, the PEC adopted the road map to the provincial conference, and that the PEC’s four-years constitutional mandate is coming to an end next month.

No more tensions

He said while it was not the primary responsibility of the PEC to conduct an assessment of its performance over the past four years, the structure could state with confidence that the current state of the organisation was far better that what was inherited by the leadership.

“During July 2018, there were still tensions within party structures in the province. At the time it was easy to distinguish between the CRC and NDZ and this was not healthy for the organisation.

“There was a time when former president [Jacob Zuma] appeared in court cases. Some party members attended in support and some did not attend.

“Those who attended made utterances that were not doing any good for the party. We no longer have those tensions, hence we are saying the organisation is far better than what this leadership inherited,” said Ntuli.

Those who have to step aside may not stand 

On contestation of positions with “responsibilities”, Ntuli said the decision of the party national executive committee (NEC) was that moving forward, all members who were affected by the step-aside resolution should not contest any positions of responsibility.

This was in relation to a question about the recent election of former eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede, as the ANC regional chairperson.