The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has requested national delegates to ensure that the Party’s National Police and Elective Conference in December doesn’t result in a splinter organisation.
ANC KZN Chairperson Sihle Zikalala said the party has to forge unity as he recalled the birth of the Congress of the People(COPE) in 2007 and the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) in 2012
“There have been challenges of unity and cohesion of the movement which led to the formation of COPE and later the EFF, both of these organisations were formed and established by former ANC leaders and the ANC Youth League Leaders,” said Zikalala.
The Party on Sunday met with its branches and leaders in Durban, to prepare its members for the year end conference.
Zikalala then warned those who will be representing the party during the conference not to go there just to vote for their preferred candidate.
He also said the province will take a zero tolerance approach to members being used by individuals seeking to advance their careers.
“Those who will attend as delegates will need to pay serious attention to issues of the ANC as a liberation movement and the future of the people of South Africa than being narrow and focus on individual agendas,” said Zikalala.
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) will be launching its election manifesto with the hope to regain and attain more support in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).
In preparation of the manifesto, the party’s Head of Election Campaign Narend Singh said the manifesto will allow them to re gain the lost ground.
Signh also said they are contesting for all wards in the province and they have also fielded candidates in certain municipalities outside KZN.
“Every single ward in KZN and wards in Free State, Western Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng, those are the areas we will be focusing on and we are hopeful this time to get more seats than we’ve had before in the provinces outside KZN and Gauteng,” said Singh.
In 2011 after the municipal elections, the party managed to retain only two municipalities out of 19 municipalities in the province.
The IFP will launch its election manifesto on Sunday, with the hopes of filling the King Zwelithini Stadium.
IFP Leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi will deliver the party’s election promises and savaging the party from its 2011 Municipal election performance.
Transport MEC, Willies Mchunu will on Wednesday be permanently be elected and sworn-in as the new Premier of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).
Willies Mchunu on Tuesday was sworn in as the acting premier of the province, following Senzo Mchunu’s premature exit from the office.
On Monday Senzo Mchunu handed in his resignation following mounting pressure from the African National Congress (ANC).
Rumours that Senzo Mchunu was expected to resign surfaced on Monday after the party allegedly gave him his marching orders on Friday and finally on Monday later, it was reported that Mchunu resigned from the post.
Senzo Mchunu was ousted as the provincial leader of the African National Congress last year, when Sihle Zikalala took over at the helm.
Political Parties within the Province have also voiced their disappointments over Senzo Mchunu’s resignation.
Democratic Alliance’s (DA) KZN leader, Zakhele Mncwango said Mchunu’s departure was more proof that the ruling party could not be trusted.
Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP) leader Blessed Gwala said they are concerned that if Mchunu’s resignation is being influenced by the political infighting within the ruling party, it can serve to increase violence in the province.
Willies Mchunu’s election and swearing will take place during a setting of the house.