A small group of African National Congress members protest outside the venue of the 9th KwaZulu-Natal Electoral Conference in Durban.
Party members carry placards reading: “Ramaphosa must go.”
It comes as Ramaphosa faces serious charges related to an undisclosed amount of money allegedly stolen from his Phalaphala farm in Limpopo.
ANC veteran Carl Niehaus is among the protesters. He says they have called on ANC national leaders to expel Ramaphosa from the party.
“I am here to say that Cyril Ramaphosa should not speak at this provincial conference because of the crimes that Cyril Ramaphosa has been accused of, very serious crimes in relation to Fala Fala. There was a violation of currency regulations, kidnapping, torture.
Niehaus adds: “We don’t want a criminal speaking at an African National Congress conference. We demanded that the ANC National Executive Committee let Ramaphosa go. They still haven’t, so we’re here to say that he has to go and we don’t want him on these premises.
Meanwhile, provincial chairperson Siboniso Duma said immediately after his election that they would work hard to restore public confidence in the ANC.
The party lost 18 municipalities, including the eThekwini metro. Security at the conference venue remains tight.
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Duma says Ramaphosa will no longer officially close the 9th provincial elective conference.
Duma says this is because the ANC president has other commitments. According to Duma, Ramaphosa congratulated the newly elected ANC provincial leadership.
“In the morning he congratulated the new leadership. And we have a good relationship with the president. And unfortunately he has another engagement today, so the chairman will close the conference, but we’ve just received warm and revolutionary greetings from the president this morning.”
Duma defeated Sihle Zikalala by 930 votes to 665.
Mdumiseni Ntuli had to vacate his post and make way for newly elected provincial secretary Beki Mtolo, who won by 894 votes to 699.
Sipho Hlomuka returned as Deputy Provincial Secretary.
And the new provincial treasurer of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is Ntutuko Mahlaba.
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