A bizarre scuffle is rift between ANC and the EFF. A visibly annoyed African National Congress KwaZulu-Natal chair Sihle Zikalala hit out at some of his party comrades following the first day of a case to have the provincial conference where he was elected in 2015 nullified.
He had strong words for his predecessor in the party, Senzo Mchunu, national executive committee member Bheki Cele, as well as deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa when he addressed some of his supporters outside the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.
ANC councillor Lawrence Dube and four other members brought an application to have the results of a provincial elective conference where Zikalala was elected chair declared null and void.
They claim the conference was not only held prematurely, but that it was riddled with irregularities and the results were rigged.
Submissions were made for the applicants on Wednesday by Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, who is usually seen in courts representing the Economic Freedom Fighters.
“It’s very, very disheartening that some of the comrades will go to the extent of inviting lawyers who always represent EFF to represent them today,” Zikalala told his supporters on a stage set up across from the court.
The application will continue to be heard on Thursday.
Zikalala accused the ANC members who took the provincial executive committee to court of sharing information and colluding with those in the party who are “counter-revolutionary”.
Zikalala told the crowd that only those who participated in the November 2015 provincial elective congress knew what happened there.
Zikalala was secretary at the time and Mchunu, whose supporters brought the case, was the chairperson.
“What’s happening inside is well known. The PEC was there,” he said.
He said that those who suggested calling the conference early had turned around and were now asking why a conference was called early.
Zikalala lashed out at the comrades for opting to settle the dispute through the courts.
“As ANC members we are saying the ANC didn’t join us – we joined the ANC. When our things don’t succeed [we] can’t take the ANC to court,” he said.