A number of disgruntled African National Congress (ANC) members have stormed the offices of the party’s Ukahlamba regional offices in Ladysmith in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. They are demanding the disbandment of the regional leadership.
Police spokesperson Thembeka Mbhele says a number of assault cases have been opened. He says it’s not clear how many people were assaulted during the incident in which police intervened.
This incident comes as scores of disgruntled ANC members and supporters in KwaZulu-Natal are demanding the disbandment of the party’s Provincial Task Team (PTT). They accuse it of having failed to address their concerns.
The Provincial Task Team was set up early this year, after court had declared the outcomes of the elective conference null and void. The team led by Mike Mabuyakhulu and Sihle Zikalala was tasked with overseeing the day-to-day running of the party and fostering unity in the province.
The members say they have lost faith in the Provincial Task Team.
Four regional conferences have been held in anticipation of a Provincial Elective Conference, later this month. But, members say they want the remaining regional conferences and the provincial conference put on hold until their concerns including the ongoing killings have been addressed.