Picture: Phill Magakoe/African News Agency (ANA)
Picture: Phill Magakoe/African News Agency (ANA)

ANC cracks whip onunruly regions

By SIHLE MAVUSO Time of article published Mar 20, 2020

Share this article:

Durban - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has asserted its authority in two troublesome regions by dissolving one of them and hauling a mayor and several councillors to a disciplinary hearing in another.

That’s not all, the party is preparing to act in Pongola where the mayor, Bawinile Nhlabatsi, is accused of assault. It is also proceeding with disciplining senior members in the General Gizenga Mpanza region who are accused of blocking the election of the mayor of KwaDukuza.

These latest measures were announced by the party’s provincial secretary, Mdumiseni Ntuli, in Durban yesterday.

Ntuli’s press conference was called to announce decisions taken at the two-day provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting held early this week.

Announcing the first measure of asserting the PEC’s authority, Ntuli said they had dissolved the Josiah Gumede regional leadership due to divisions threatening their hold on the Uthukela District Municipality.

“The manifestation of these challenges continue to undermine and weaken the standing of the organisation as the governing party and leader of society in Uthukela district.

“In this regard, the PEC came to the conclusion that various efforts to unite and consolidate the organisation and focus it to its strategic task of leading our people towards a national democratic society were not succeeding,” Ntuli said.

In uMzimkhulu, a municipality that has been in the spotlight since 2017 when former ANC youth league general secretary Sindiso Magaqa was killed, the party was hauling over the coals 19 councillors.

They are accused of blocking the appointment of three members picked by the PEC to serve in the all-powerful executive committee.

Share this article: