Durban - In his capacity as the head of the African National Congress (ANC), President Cyril Ramaphosa will for the first time meet with party branches in the troubled eThekwini region.
The meeting is expected to take place on Thursday afternoon, the party said in a statement released on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the meeting will be held at the Durban City hall and would, among other things, focus “on unity within the organisation and governance issues.” Ethekwini region, which has around 70 000 members, is considered to be the biggest and most influential region of the party nationwide.
“The President of the African National Congress, Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa, will on Thursday, 17 October 2019, engage with party structures in the eThekwini Region. Among other things, President Ramaphosa will also engage ANC structures on unity within the organisation and governance issues,” read the statement.
Ramaphosa's visit comes amid tensions in the region as it approaches a crucial elective conference that is expected to be held at the end of the year. The contenders for the vacant throne are Zandile Gumede who was recently axed as eThekwini mayor and Thabani Nyawose, a fervent backer of Ramaphosa. Last week, tensions boiled in the region when the Hawks and the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) pounced on Gumede to preserve some of her assets until her corruption case is concluded. Her supporters claimed that the raids were part of a plot to derail her campaign as a “frontrunner”.