ANC consultative conference cancelled after ‘planned and deliberate’ disruptions

ANC consultative conference cancelled after ‘planned and deliberate’ disruptions

The ANC KZN elective was off to a rocky start after an interdict from the Pietermaritzburg High Court halted the conference and the ANC changed the gathering to a consultative conference.

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The conference has been called off after Gwede Mantashe was unable to address the crowds due to relentless heckling and singing.

Mantashe said that the disruptions were planned and ‘planned and deliberate’ and he was unable to deliver his keynote address the the delegates.

He was speaking on behalf of Ramaphosa who is currently in Canada attending the G7 summit.

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“If this is an ANC meeting, I will speak here tonight. If it is a factional meeting, I will not speak. Regional chairpersons must talk to their delegates. I am going to speak here tonight,” Mantashe told the unhappy delegates on Friday night.

They chanted "what has Zuma done" in isiZulu in reference to Jacob Zuma being forced to resign as state president earlier this year.

KZN ANC provincial coordinator Sihle Zikalala, was the only person who was able to speak and was also expected to stand unopposed as the provincial chairman, that is if the conference had actually taken place.

The decision to cancel was reached after the top leaders of the ANC met on Saturday morning to discuss how to proceed with the conference.

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Last year the High Court ruled that the elective conference which took place in 2015 was null and void due to irregularities.

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