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'It’s time to forge unity in the ANC'

ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize was speaking at a Sanco event in Escourt, in the uThukela District of KwaZulu-Natal.

ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

ESCOURT – African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize says it’s time to forge unity and restore hope in the ruling party despite divisions.

Mkhize was speaking at a Sanco event in Escourt, in the uThukela District of KwaZulu-Natal.

Mkhize has been described by Sanco in KwaZulu-Natal as a person who united the province under his leadership and now they are struggling to restore that.

Mkhize switched between isiZulu and English, emphasising the ANC and its members must come together otherwise they'll only have themselves to blame for the death of the movement.

“We are showing signs of division. Maybe it is more prominent with the upcoming elective conference of the African National Congress. It’s an issue that tends to flame our passions.”

Mkhize says those who have been thrown into the presidential race should not allow the ANC to be further divided in their names, but they should members that the party belongs to everyone.

'A GAME WITH NO WINNERS'

The ANC treasurer-general says all members of the alliance are vital. He says if any of the partners contest against the party in the next election, it would be a disaster.

With the ANC’s nomination process now officially open, the uKhahlamba region has declared Mkhize as its preferred presidential candidate.

The treasurer-general says divisions within the ANC need to be rectified before they spill over into the alliance.

“The alliance is still needed. We need to make sure that we use our structures to deal with our issues.”

Mkhize says it would be a disaster if alliance partners decided to contest the elections against the ANC in 2019.

“For me, it will be a game with no winners.”

The treasurer general is expected to visit the Moses Mabhida, Emalahleni, Musa Dladla and eThekwini regions in KwaZulu-Natal, in contestation with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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