“The top six leadership made it clear that it was of the view that disunity within the provincial leadership was the direct cause of the chaos in the province,” a source privy to details of Monday’s meeting between the ruling party’s top six leaders and the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) at the Coastlands hotel outside the Durban CBD, said.
“They were asked to provide reasons why they should not be disbanded and after their presentation, the top six leaders were still not convinced that members of the PEC should continue serving in their positions.”
Battles for the control of the province between ANC KZN chairperson, Senzo Mchunu, and provincial secretary, Sihle Zikalala, has been blamed on the chaos in the province characterised by deep divisions in the eThekwini region.
Divisions in eThekwini – the biggest region in the country, have resulted in the region failing to hold its conference – which had been post-postponed on several occasions due to clashes between delegates.
While ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza confirmed that Zuma and members of the ANC top leadership held a meeting with members of the PEC, led by Mchunu, he however denied rumours that the provincial leadership was ordered to step down.
“Such a resolution could only be made by the National Executive Council (NEC) following a recommendation by the National Working Committee (NWC). As far as I’m aware no such recommendation had been made to the NEC,” he said.
However, Khoza declined to comment on details of Monday’s meeting, saying they were internal matters.
Zikalala vehemently denied the provincial leadership had been told to leave.
“This was the ordinary organisational meeting of the ANC which was scheduled last week. Also there is no PEC that was disbanded. We are even surprised to hear something to that effect because there is absolutely nothing that could lead to the disbandment of the PEC in this province,” he said.
Monday’s meeting was a follow-up to last month’s meeting – where Zuma is said to have lambasted the provincial leadership for the strife in the province.