Mkhize urges ANC members to be more open to differing views, calls for unity

The ANC Treasurer-General has made a strong plea for unity in the province, saying divisions in KwaZulu-Natal have an impact in the party at a national level.

ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

DLANGEZWA, KWAZULU-NATAL – African National Congress (ANC) Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize says political education needs to be deepened so that members who didn’t grow up under apartheid aren't easily swayed by the enemy.

Mkhize has opened the three-day provincial general council at the University of Zululand.

He says the organisation is under attack from the opposition, some of which he says is covert.

The ANC Treasurer-General has made a strong plea for unity in the province, saying divisions in KwaZulu-Natal have an impact in the party at a national level.

Mkhize says the party must be unified.

“The ANC is not a coalition of factions, the ANC is one organisation. It’s important for us to discuss where we’ve got a difference of views to a point where we’re ultimately able to say this is what best for the African National Congress.”

Meanwhile, with the KwaZulu-Natal ANC provincial general council (PGC) underway, both the Youth and Women’s Leagues have used it to re-affirm their support for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

NEC members Dlamini-Zuma, Mkhize and Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba are among the dignitaries at the University of Zululand.

The provincial ANC has said there are no plans to discuss the leadership race ahead of the elective conference in December.

But KZN ANC chair Kwazi Mshengu said young people in the province already know who they want to endorse.

“And I'm sure during the course of this PGC we’ll get the opportunity to lobby ANC structures to agree that in the national conference, among other leaders that we’ll elect those leaders must be led by comrade Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.”

This was followed by loud cheering and clapping.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)