ANC in chaos as KwaZulu-Natal elective conference abandoned before it starts

ANC in chaos as KwaZulu-Natal elective conference abandoned before it starts

- The ANC’s Moses Mabhida Moses regional conference to elect new leaders was abandoned on Sunday before it had even begun

- The ANC’s national leadership decided to delay the conference until a looming court battle could be settled

- The Moses Mabhida region is the second largest region in KwaZulu-Natal and includes Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas

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The African National Congress (ANC) remains in a state of chaos in KwaZulu-Natal, this comes after the party’s Moses Mabhida regional conference to elect new regional leaders was abandoned before it even began on Sunday.

Delegates from the region had convened at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg for the three-day conference when they were made aware of the national leadership’s decision to delay the conference until a looming court battle could be settled.

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The Moses Mabhida region is the ANC’s second largest region in KwaZulu-Natal and included Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas such as Howick, Wartburg and Richmond. Only the eThekwini region is larger and has more members in the ANC’s most important province.

Briefly.co.za gathered that ANC deputy-secretary general Jessie Duarte was scheduled to meet with disgruntled members from the Harry Gwala, Lower South-Coast and Moses Mabhida to try and resolve their concerns internally and stop them from taking court action.

Her efforts appear to have been in vain as yet another conference has been abandoned and the political turmoil in KwaZulu-Natal appears to be as deep as it has ever been.

The group successfully interdicted a previous elective provincial conference at the University of Zululand, the matter will be heard in July. IOL.co.za reported that the same group received an interdict against the Moses Mabhida conference from the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

ANC KwaZulu-Natal provincial task team member Nhlakanipho Ntombela delivered the news to delegates at the Harry Gwala Stadium late on Sunday.

Delegates were said to be disappointed and frustrated but they did not turn violent.

One of the delegates said the ANC should have allowed the conference to continue rather than allowing the disgruntled members of the party to hold the entire organisation hostage.

Other delegates worried about what impact the delay would have on the provincial conference which is scheduled to take place in the coming six weeks.

The latest conference chaos is just another chapter in the ongoing battle for control of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal. While the ANC denies any fractures forming, it has become increasingly clear that factions supporting President Cyril Ramaphosa and former president Jacob Zuma are fighting for control.

The ANC has raised its concerns about the current trend for party members to drag the party to court in order to resolve issues which the ANC sees as internal.

Various reports indicate that the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) is considering taking steps against party members who use the courts rather than internal mechanisms to resolve their issues.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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