The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal is not ready for a provincial conference, say disgruntled branch members who are waiting for disputes to be resolved.

They want the party’s NEC to deploy senior members to sort matters out. The branches accuse the provincial task team of failing to prepare the party for the conference.

Bheki Nzimande, of Harry Gwala District,  says, “These BGMS, as far as I think, they should be nullified because we have appealed, but the appeals are conducted or managed by the PIC members. So, most of the appeals are dismissed.”

Just recently, the ANC’s National Working Committee gave the green light for the province to conduct its elective conference later in May. But it pointed to four regions as not being ready to carry on with their regional conferences. Now, more branches are disputing the NWC’s decision.

They say there are entrenched irregularities. And they call for a postponement of the planned conference. “We don’t think it is the time to go to conferences and elect leadership, because the leadership which will be there is the leadership in favour of these people so they will continue purging and doing whatever they want in regions.”

The leaders say politically motivated killings continue unabated in the province.

Siyabonga Hlongwa says, “In Moses Mabhida, there is a hit list that we have been reporting. There are leaders that have been targeted. So, we cannot go to the provincial and regional conferences. As the ANC, we need to look at these issues and resolve them before we go to conferences.”

Four regions in the province will hold their regional conferences this weekend.

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