Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

ANC’s Moses Mabhida regional conference postponed indefinitely

The ANC’s Moses Mabhida regional conference has been postponed indefinitely after dissatisfied branch members threatened to go to court to stop it from going ahead.

The region, which includes Pietermaritzburg, Richmond, Mooi River and Camperdown, was one of two which were meant to have held elective conferences on Thursday, ahead of the August 31 deadline for outstanding conferences set by the ANC national executive committee.

The other, Harry Gwala, which like Moses Mabhida has been hit by a wave of political killings since 2015, is set to go ahead. A third region, Lower South Coast, will not hold its conference until after the national and provincial elections next year.

Moses Mabhida is one of the ANC regions placed under the leadership of a regional task team (RTT) in the wake of the high court battle that saw the province go to the December national conference with no provincial executive committee.

ANC spokesperson Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu told Mail & Guardian that the conference was postponed ‘’until further notice’’ following the threat of court action by branches.

She said the branches had complained that the preparations for the conference had been carried out by only one of the two factions represented on the 22 member Regional Task Team and that they were unhappy with the result.

‘’We met with the RTT and the branches over the threat of the interdict. After consideration we decided to postpone the conference until further notice,’’ said Simelane-Zulu.

She said a follow up meeting to address the branch concerns would be held on Thursday or Friday. 

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Paddy Harper
Paddy Harper

Related stories


If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Subscribers only

R350 social relief grant not enough to live on

Nearly half of the population in South Africa — one of the most unequal countries in the world — is considered chronically poor.

More top stories

Officials implicated in arts council mismanagement will be brought to...

The National Arts Council vows that every cent from the sector’s Covid-19-relief programme will be disbursed to artists, after auditors uncover maladministration

Covid-19 vaccine mandates: a constitutional balancing act

South Africa’s laws allow the government to implement mandatory Covid vaccinations but, if it chooses this path, it must do so responsibly

Popularity will not guarantee mayoral selection — Ramaphosa

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has promised a more rigorous mayoral selection process, which will involve the party’s top six

Nowhere to turn for abused bakery workers

After being chased away for asking for minimum wage, Gqeberha bakers who endured racism turned first to the CCMA, then to a political party, then to a union. None helped

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…