- The crowds attending the ANC KZN elective conference prevented Gwede Mantashe from speaking by drowning him out with song
- Mantashe lost his composure and accused the crowd of being factional
- The conference has been beset by problems, the latest being an interdict issued by the High court
A visibly irritated Gwede Mantashe, the ANC national chair, lost his composure when Jacob Zuma supporters drowned him out with songs while he attempted to address the crowd. He was speaking at the ANC KwaZulu-Natal elective conference.
According to ewn.co.za Mantashe initially tried to sing along with the songs but the crowd continued to disrupt him and he eventually lost his temper.
“This is an ANC meeting, I’m going to speak here tonight,” he told delegates.
Briefly.co.za learned that Mantashe accused the crowd of being factional and went even as far as to insinuate that the ANC KZN chair, Sihle Zikalala, was factional when he was able to control the crowd.
Despite the intervention of Zikalala the crowd was determined not to let Mantashe speak.
The conference was meant to start yesterday but it was unable to get underway after a number of postponements.
The conference was forced to stop on Friday after 44 branches took their grievances to the Pietermaritzburg High Court which granted an interdict against the conference after an urgent application.
The new KZN leadership is set to be sworn in after the High Court ruled that the 2015 elective conference was null and void due to irregularities.
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