Pro-Zuma faction have their way in KZN in attempt to stop killings

Sihle Zikalala. Picture: Muzi Zincume

Sihle Zikalala. Picture: Muzi Zincume

ANC members aligned to President Ramaphosa have allowed pro-Zuma politician Sihle Zikalala to run uncontested for the position of chairperson of the party’s KZN branch.

In return, those aligned to former provincial chairperson Senzo Mchunu want their candidate, Mike Mabuyakhulu, to be made deputy chairperson unopposed, City Press has reported.

Despite a spate of murders widely seen to be political killings caused by factionalism in the province, the KZN ANC will hold their provincial conference this coming week.

Negotiations between the factions are ongoing, with the pro-Ramaphosa group attempting to negotiate a provincial leadership that represents both factions.

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However, a Zikalala ally has been quoted as saying “We won’t agree to an arranged leadership”, asserting that delegates must have their say regarding the top five positions.

At least four people have been shot dead during the ANC’s regional conferences in the last few weeks.

Last week ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule was slammed for denying that the killings are political.




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