Sipho Khumalo

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal wants to ban all paraphernalia and songs that praise or denigrate any ANC individual other than those lauding the president or fallen heroes.

This is one of a number of radical policy positions the ANC in the province is to take to the party’s national policy conference at Midrand in Gauteng later this month.

While the ANC KZN has been at pains to point out that this resolution has “nothing” to do with protecting ANC president Jacob Zuma, the proposal is likely to be seen as seeking to do this before what is set to be a politically heated build-up to the ANC’s national conference in December.

Earlier this year, angry ANC Youth League members, protesting against the disciplinary sanction expelling league president Julius Malema from the ANC, set alight ANC T-shirts bearing the face of Zuma in a protest outside Luthuli House in Joburg.

ANC KwaZulu-Natal secretary Sihle Zikalala said the ANC NEC had resolved “a long time ago” that the only face of the ANC was its president. “But I am not campaigning for anyone,” he said.

Zikalala said that any member who persisted in singing songs or using paraphernalia should face disciplinary action.

The ANC in KZN rejected the proposal, made in policy documents that are being debated in preparation for the conference, that the national disciplinary committee be composed of people who are not members of the party’s national executive committee.

“This would undermine the political authority of structures. Members of the… committee should be drawn from the NEC and this should be the case in all lower structures,” Zikalala said.

KZN is also opposed to any member of the NEC representing any ANC members who are disciplined or serving as witnesses for such members during disciplinary proceedings.

When Malema and other youth league members recently appeared before the disciplinary committee, a number of NEC members, including Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Tokyo Sexwale, testified on behalf of the league president and others.

The ANC in KZN says these practices have the potential to divide the ANC.

Its policy workshop also rejected the proposed nationalisation of mines, saying this would lead to a “massive economic calamity” and cost the state at least R1 trillion.

“Ours is a mixed economy wherein the state, private sector and labour should play a more meaningful role in the development of the country’s economy

,” said Zikalala