Thousands of members of the ANC from nine of the party’s regions in KwaZulu-Natal marched in Durban yesterday, demanding a rerun of the recent provincial elective conference which voted in Sihle Zikalala as the new provincial chairperson, ousting premier Senzo Mchunu as chairperson.
Carrying placards with slogans such a “Sihle must fall”, the members vowed to make the province ungovernable and threatened not to cooperate with Zikalala. They sang liberation songs and chanted slogans calling for Mchunu to lead the province, claiming the votes at the recent conference were manipulated.
The party held its eighth provincial conference earlier this month and Zikalala was voted in as the new chairperson. The ANC members who marched now call for a rerun of the conference as soon as possible. They refused to be addressed or to hand over their memorandum to any of the provincial leadership.
They demanded the ANC’s Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe should come and accept their list of grievances. Regional leaders battled to control the crowd and calm them down.
The memorandum was at last accepted by National Executive member Joe Phaahla, who is deployed by the party as convener in the province.
Handing over the list of grievances, a ward councillor, Sthenjwa Nyawose, said Mantashe had seven days to come back to them and personally deliver a reply.
“We demand that he comes to Durban next Monday and personally delivers the answer,” said Nyawose. ANC provincial secretary Super Zuma said he reaffirms its position that the conference was beyond reproach. “The ANC remains unshaken that the conference was a resounding success and that there was no manipulation of the election outcome,” said Zuma. – email@example.com