With slate politics threatening to cripple the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal ahead of the party’s crucial elective conference, Treasury MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has distanced herself from a slate featuring her name.
According to one of the slates doing the rounds on social media, Dube-Ncube, who is currently the ANC provincial treasurer, will contest for the ANC KZN deputy chairperson position while former KZN provincial director general, Nhlanhla Ngidi, will contest for the provincial chairperson position.
However, Dube-Ncube’s chief lobbyist, Wiseman Ngobese, denied that Dube-Ncube was part of the Ngidi slate.
“We wish to state that Cde Nomusa Dube-Ncube doesn’t believe in state-based politics. She believes in a leadership core that can take the province forward.
“It’s the branches that will decide on who constitutes that leadership collective,” he said.
Ngobese’s statement comes a few days after ANC KZN regional leaders met former president Jacob Zuma at his Nkandla homestead.
Ngobese said Dube-Ncube was of the view that slate politics would not create a stronger ANC.
“She appreciates the fact that regional chairs and secretaries are working hard to usher in a new era in their regions and across the province. … Slates and factions are what breed divisions in the party,” he said.
ANC provincial spokesperson, Nhlakanipho Ntombela, said it was important for the ruling party in KZN to defeat factional politics if the organisation were to remain a major political force.
“The truth is that slates and factional politics create unnecessary tensions within the organisations.
“It’s precisely because of these reasons that the ANC provincial leaders come up with a programme for regional leaders in the province to interact with a view to eliminating all those things which can weaken the ANC in KZN,” he said.
The biggest ANC province in the country, KZN is scheduled to hold its provincial conference from July 15 to 17 at a venue yet to be determined.