Some KZN branches want Cele on ANC national executive

Some ANC branches have begun calling for Bheki Cele (right) to be nominated as an ANC NEC member. (Lisa Skinner, M&G)

Some ANC branches have begun calling for Bheki Cele (right) to be nominated as an ANC NEC member. (Lisa Skinner, M&G)

Some ANC branches in KwaZulu-Natal want axed police commissioner Bheki Cele to be a member of the party's national executive committee.

"Some of our branches, they've said to us they are nominating his name and we've said we've got no problem. There is nothing that precludes his nomination," said ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala on Wednesday.

But he rejected recent media reports claiming Cele was campaigning for the job.

"Many people have written in newspapers saying Bheki Cele is running a campaign against President Zuma. There is no such campaign."

He said that he had been to various branches with Cele and had not witnessed him doing any campaigning. He said no evidence of Cele conducting a campaign had been forthcoming.

President Jacob Zuma fired General Cele because of his role in the awarding of a R1.7-billion contract for police accommodation.

The former national police commissioner is engaged in a court battle to attempt to get his job back after he was dismissed in June.

Zikalala said the ANC was not "fixated or obsessed" with the selection of the leaders at the party's 53rd national conference in Mangaung in December.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal would hold its nominating conference on November 24. Zikalala said branch delegates would then consolidate nominations for the party's national conference.

The province would send 974 branch delegates, elected by the party's 828 branches in the province, to the nominating event.

He said although the party had hoped to achieve an audited membership of 350&nbsp;000 before the nomination process, he was satisfied with the current 331&nbsp;020 ANC members in the province. &ndash; Sapa

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