Showdown looms as ANC NEC meets over fate of KZN leadership

Another showdown looms in the ANC NEC as it meets on Friday to decide on the fate of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee (PEC).

The faction loyal to President Jacob Zuma is preparing to fight for the party to defend the PEC in the wake of a Pietermaritzburg High Court judgment that nullified its 2015 elective conference.

Some members want the NEC to appeal the decision itself, while others say the current PEC must be disbanded.

A pro-Zuma NEC member told News24 that they would fight for the KZN PEC to remain in office and that the only way this could be achieved was through lodging a complaint with a higher court.

“Otherwise the current PEC must be appointed as the PTT [provincial task team] in charge of the province,” said the source.

“You can call it ‘ntwa ya di bono’ [loosely translated to ‘a fight to end’] – what is going to happen when we meet.”

Appeal

The special NEC meeting, which had been scheduled for Monday, September 18, after the top six met with the KZN PEC at the party’s Luthuli House headquarters, was postponed to Friday, September 22, as many leaders are attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The KZN PEC has insisted that it will remain in office during its appeal against the judgment.

READ MORE: Serial lawfare paralyses the ANC

This was despite a warning from Luthuli House that they were jumping the gun and should rather take orders from the NEC on the next move.

Following a meeting with the ANC top six, the provincial leadership has said it will abide by the NEC decision.

However some NEC members told News24 that if the PEC remained in office it would affect the integrity of the nomination process ahead of the party’s December national elective conference.

In addition, it would heighten tensions in the already divided province and possibly spur more court action.

Disgruntled KZN members, who won the High Court case, want the PEC ousted.

At least two NEC members have suggested that as a compromise, a provincial task team that includes the current and the ousted leadership alongside NEC members should be put in place to oversee the road to the December conference.

They have also suggested that a fresh provincial elective conference should be held after the national conference.

The 2015 elective conference ousted Senzo Mchunu and replaced him with Sihle Zikalala as provincial chair.

“You can’t leave those who were ousted,” said an NEC member who did not want to be identified.

“They must learn to work together, because [the] common principle is to serve the movement.”

Audit process

Another NEC member who is backing presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said that if a new task team is appointed it should be given strict conditions not to disband any region.

KZN is seen as the springboard for Dlamini-Zuma’s presidential campaign.

“The situation in KZN is sensitive, because people are looking at the whole thing – thinking about the balance of forces ahead of the December conference,” that NEC member said.

KwaZulu-Natal is the ANC’s biggest province in numbers, but the audit process that determines legitimate branches and delegates that will be represented at the elective conference is yet to be completed, with just three months to go.

Another NEC member said the committee should appeal the High Court ruling as it had approved the decision for an early provincial conference.

The High Court found that the decision for an early conference was not supported by one third of the branches as required by ANC constitution.

The NEC member backing Dlamini-Zuma said the party should not allow courts to “dictate how the ANC should be run”.

“The [party] constitution says that the NEC of the ANC is the highest decision making body between conferences and its decisions are binding on lower structures. So the NEC must go to court and argue that point as it was the NEC that said KZN can hold an early conference,” he said.

The Free State PEC was disbanded in 2012 after disgruntled members won their Constitutional Court challenge. A task team was appointed leading to a fresh provincial conference that saw provincial chair Ace Magashule re-elected. – News24

Advertisting

Salie-Hlophe accuses Goliath of lying and racism

In response to Goliath’s gross misconduct complaint, Salie-Hlophe says Goliath has ‘an unhealthy obsession with my marriage’

Treasury is still seeking SAA funds

The government has committed an additional R2-billion to the airline, but has yet to pay it out

‘There were no marks on his neck’, Neil Aggett inquest...

The trade unionist’s partner at the time he was detained at John Vorster Square says she now believes his death was not a suicide
Advertising

Press Releases

Boosting safety for cargo and drivers

The use of a telematics system for fleet vehicles has proved to be an important tool in helping to drive down costs and improve efficiency, says MiX Telematics Africa.

Silencing the guns and firearms amnesty

Silencing the guns and firearms amnesty

Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity

Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity

UK-Africa investment summit 2020: Think Africa Invest SA

UK-Africa investment summit 2020: Think Africa Invest SA

MTN unveils TikTok bundles

Customised MTN TikTok data bundles are available to all prepaid customers on *136*2#.

Marketers need to reinvent themselves

Marketing is an exciting discipline, offering the perfect fit for individuals who are equally interested in business, human dynamics and strategic thinking. But the...

Upskill yourself to land your dream job in 2020

If you received admission to an IIE Higher Certificate qualification, once you have graduated, you can articulate to an IIE Diploma and then IIE Bachelor's degree at IIE Rosebank College.

South Africans unsure of what to expect in 2020

Almost half (49%) of South Africans, 15 years and older, agree or strongly agree that they view 2020 with optimism.