The new ANC KwaZulu Natal chairperson, Siboniso Duma, was put to the test last night, as he calmed an unfriendly crowd of the party delegates at Olive Convention Centre.
The newly elected chairperson calmed the crowed after they sung , wenzeni uZuma (why is former president Jacob Zuma being prosecuted) , as soon as president Cyril Ramaphosa entered. The song was continuously sung throughout the three-day gathering.
Duma told delegates that it’s important to give the president their undivided attention and further stated that failure to do so would give the ANC a bad name as the conference would be painted as an unwell-run conference.
Duma then turned his attention to the president and stated that there are issues that need to be attended to.”we are not happy about the way the judicial system of this country is operating. We feel that comrade Zuma is unfairly pursued by the judiciary and he needs our protection”. Said Duma.
The President addressed the conference and acknowledged the differences between party members and he stressed that this should not give way to animosity among the rank and file. Ramaphosa spoke on economic reforms and how they can boost growth and job creation.
In the first media briefing after the results had been announced, Duma said that the new leadership has no intention of removing the KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala or anyone else in their position until 2024 general elections.
When outlining his program, Duma said his new leadership is going to meet the Zulu royal family and the Nazareth Baptist Church (Shembe) to strengthen relationships with them as they were important stakeholders in the province.
Duma said the new leadership is going to focus on building and renewing the ANC for the 2024 general election.