Chaos is unfolding at the African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), where disgruntled members of the governing party are protesting the composition of the provincial task team, appointed by the party’s national leadership earlier this month.
The Former MEC for Economic Development in that province, Mike Mabuyakhulu, was appointed Convener of that task team, while former ANC Chairman Sihle Zikalala was appointed co-ordinator.
The team includes current Premier Willies Mchunu, Peggy Nkonyeni, Maggie Govender, Super Zuma, Mluleki Ndobe, Cyril Xaba, Nomusa Dube, Nhlakanipho Ntombela, Bheki Mtolo, Mxolisi Kaunda, Mdumiseni Ntuli, Gugu Simelane Zulu, Bongi Moloi and Makhosi Ntuli.
However, the supporters of former provincial Chairman Senzo Mchunu are not satisfied with the balance that has been struck with the task team, and have even accused Secretary General of the ANC, Ace Magashule, of being directly responsible for that perceived imbalance.
The ANC NEC suspended KwaZulu-Natal’s Provincial Executive Committee at its last meeting, following a judgement in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, which declared that the province’s 2015 provincial elective conference should be nullified.
In a bid to avoid continuing fights like this in the courts, the NEC said the only reasonable option, at this juncture, was to hold a fresh provincial conference. However, until that conference is held, there needs to be an interim leadership structure in that province.
Magashule, when he announced the new task team, said it was an attempt by the party’s top leadership to achieve unity in a province that had been deeply scarred by the 2017 race to Luthuli House.