By Celani Sikhakhane
Fissures in the ANC Women’s League in KwaZulu-Natal appear to be widening after the Durban High Court this week ruled that the national league’s decision to dismiss the faction that won the elective provincial conference in August was legally sound.
The dismissed faction, led by MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza, had asked the court to rule against the mother body’s decision.
Scrolla.Africa has learned that some leaders in the provincial executive committee of the ANC have called for action to get Khoza — and MEC Bongi Sithole-Moloi of the opposing faction — to reconcile.
“We cannot allow a situation where the ANCWL [in KZN] is deeply divided,” said a highly-placed source on the committee. “We are already having tough times with the dwindling support of the ANC in the province, which shows that we might lose KZN to opposition parties.
“The organisation has agreed to form a committee that will deal with the ANCWL division for the reconciliation of Khoza and Moloi.”
But KZN ANC spokesperson Mafika Mndebele insisted that the party had not discussed any issues related to the ANCWL, even after the court’s judgment.
“There are no divisions in the ANCWL,” he said.
Since the chaotic ANCWL elective conference in August was dissolved, those who were elected didn’t want to relinquish their positions to make way for Sithole-Moloi’s interim structure.
They didn’t release the office keys to the interim structure and are continuing with their duties as “elected leaders” despite being axed by the mother body.
During the Independent Electoral Commission voter registration weekend on February 3 and 4, the two factions held separate campaigns.
Pictured above: ANCWL leaders who were running for the top position — Bongi Sithole-Moloi, Nonhlanhla Khoza and Hlengiwe Mavimbela.
Image source: Celani Sikhakhane