Sihle Zikalala: Issues of ANC will never be solved by courts

Aggrieved members of the party have called for the current executive committee in KwaZulu-Natal to be nullified and for the election process to be re-run.

FILE: ANC KZN chairperson Sihle Zikalala. Picture: EWN

PIETERMARITZBURG – Lawyers representing the KwaZulu-Natal African National Congress (ANC) leadership are expected to defend why a tweet should not be considered as proof that the 2015 elective conference was not rigged.

Aggrieved members of the party have called for the current executive committee in KwaZulu-Natal to be nullified and for the election process to be re-run.

They have taken the matter to the Pietermaritzburg High Court where the second day of proceedings will get underway this morning.

Among the evidence presented to the court is a tweet which detailed the outcomes the 2015 conference results.

However, this declaration was published a few hours before the voting process had actually been completed.

This evidence implies that the election was rigged.

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee’s lawyers are expected to address this matter in court on Thursday morning.

While the outcome of the matter remains unclear, on Wednesday KwaZulu-Natal ANC Chair Sihle Zikalala called for unity among ANC members.

“Issues of the ANC will never be solved by the courts.”

Zikalala has called on his supporters not to be arrogant and to work towards negotiating with disgruntled branches to foster unity.

He, however, told his supporters to humble themselves in the interest of unity.

“We must not be arrogant. We must go sit down with those comrades and unite the African National Congress. As we said, ours is not about now, but ours is to unite the ANC.”

This comes as two different factions of the party protested outside the High Court, a proxy battle for those supporting either Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma or Cyril Ramaphosa.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)