The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal says only a full national executive committee (NEC) of the party can take decision to disband it, not the top six.
The party was clarifying this after there was a report on Tuesday saying the provincial executive committee (PEC) led by Sihle Zikalala, was on Monday informed at a meeting at the ANC’s headquarters of Luthuli House in Johannesburg, that they would be disbanded and a task team formed to run the affairs of the party in the province.
According to reports, the KwaZulu-Natal top brass and provincial chairperson Zikalala were informed about the decision at a meeting on Monday.
Responding on behalf of the PEC, the provincial secretary, Super Zuma, said while they met with the top six as reported, the issue did not come up.
He refused to say what was discussed but explained that the power lies with the NEC.
“Anyone who is well versed in ANC matters and its constitution will understand that a top six cannot disband a lower structure of the party.
“That can only be done by an NEC after listening to all sides. So it is not true that the top six have told us that we will be disbanded,” Zuma said.
He said the NEC would first have to meet to form committees and then start looking at matters on the agenda.
“For now, the NEC will have to meet to form committees and then start dealing with matters of the party,” he said.
However, there is still an expectation that the NEC will discuss the matter when it starts meeting today and may disband it later this month after choosing an inclusive task team.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the province have come out strong against the leadership of the ANC in KZN.
According to the Leader of the DA in the KZN Legislature Francois Rodgers, “[t]he ANC’s decision to disband it’s PEC in KwaZulu-Natal has the potential to further destabilize the province and ultimately negatively impact service delivery as ongoing internal faction fighting sees the party placed before the state.”
“The courts have clearly indicated that the ANC is fractured and broken and the reality is that ‘puppet master Premier’ Sihle Zikalala and his ANC cohorts have already done huge damage to our province. Nowhere is this more evident than in the area of service delivery,” he said.