Sunday, 10 April 2022 16:16

Voting begins at ANC eThekwini conference after adopting credentials.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Voting for the ANC's eThekwini conference finally kicked off on Sunday afternoon after disruptions and debate over who should be allowed to vote.

The nomination process eventually took place after 15:00 on Sunday.

Former mayor Zandile Gumede was nominated for the position of regional chairperson along with current speaker Thabani Nyawose. 

Both Gumede and Nyawose accepted nominations.

Meanwhile Kwazi Mshengu, convener of the task team responsible for the ANC eThekwini conference preparations, said they had approached the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC for an extension as delays threatened to collapse the meeting on Sunday.

If all had gone according to plan, Sunday was meant to be the day allocated for the announcement of the office bearers, additional members, a presentation of the draft resolutions from the sectoral commissions and a closing address.

But by noon, it had become apparent that while there were some issues of credentials about voting rights, there were also critical issues that were threatening the conclusion of the entire conference.

Mshengu said they had approached the ICC for an extension as the conference was meant to end at 7pm.

The ANC's eThekwini region is the largest and most influential region in the party and has a bearing on the ANC's provincial and national elective conference, scheduled for July and December.

A win for Gumede's slate would be seen as a massive win for former health minister Zweli Mkhize, who is gunning for a position at the helm of the party.

He, together with suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and beleaguered ANC Women's League president Bathabile Dlamini, were in Durban rallying delegates who support Gumede.

The conference is expected to resume this morning and attempt to adopt credentials, nominate and then vote for new leadership.

eThekwini is the ANC’s biggest region, while KwaZulu-Natal traditionally sends the largest delegation to the national conference.