Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is vying for the ANC presidency. Picture: David Ritchie/ANA

Durban - ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has expressed dismay at some of her party members who have disrupted party meetings.

Dlamini Zuma called for discipline in a statement issued by her backers, the ANC Women’s League. Women’s League secretary-general Meokgo Matuba did not clarify which incidents Dlamini Zuma was referring to except to say there was a trend of disruption at branch, regional and provincial meetings.

Dlamini Zuma warned ANC members to behave themselves.

“We have the responsibility to ensure that we maintain utmost discipline in our conduct.

“We should always ensure that we are tolerant of divergent views, that through our conduct we accept differences and build the unity and reputation of the ANC,” said Dlamini Zuma.

Members of the ANC in the Eastern Cape had at the weekend attacked and seriously injured each other during a provincial conference in which deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s backer Oscar Mabuyane ousted Dlamini Zuma’s supporter Phumulo Masualle as the provincial chairman.  

There are also fears of violence, especially in KwaZulu-Natal, when party members hold their branch general meetings in preparation for the national conference in December.

She expressed concern that the misbehaviour by her backers was likely to tarnish the already questionable reputation of the ANC.

“We also ought to ensure that  we maintain the integrity of all our organisational processes, that they can stand up to public scrutiny, and where there are differences, to find internal dispute resolution mechanisms, before resorting to the court,” she said.

Political Bureau