ANC in the General Gizenga Mpanza region hosts first post-renaming media briefing

THE African National Congress in the General Gizenga Mpanza region held its first media briefing since the seventh regional elective congress at the party’s regional offices on Monday, August 20.

Among the issues that were tabled was the upcoming General Gizenga Mpanza lecture to be held in Mandeni, the recently held Election Strategy Workshop and the controversial alleged rampant racism taking place at KwaSizabantu Mission.

In addressing members of the media, ANC regional secretary Musa Zondi said the region will be honouring the late MK leader General Gizenga Mpanza by hosting a lecture in his memory.

“This follows the conference resolution to rename the region from Greater KwaDukuza to General Gizenga Mpanza.

“The lecture will be held at Sibusisiwe Hall in Mandeni on Friday, August 31.

“The basis to opt for Mandeni as a venue is precisely because we, as part of the Thuma-Mina narrative, want to reach out to our people in every corner of this region. It is common knowledge that the people of Mandeni made an immense contribution in the struggle for liberation and thus deserve to be hosts of this inaugural celebration,” said Zondi.

One of the topical issues the statement raised was the alleged mistreatment of people at the KwaSizabantu Mission which has recently surfaced. There have been a number of complaints about the institution which is situated in Maphumulo.

The ANC in the region has come out strong on the matter with its leadership having taken up the matter with the view of uncovering the root causes of the problems in the community.

“We are disheartened to report that, as the ANC, we feel that legitimate and genuine issues raised regarding this mission have not yet been resolved despite our attempt to find an amicable solution.

“It is unfortunate that owing to the denials of the management of this centre, which sustains itself by an exploitative modus operandi, which whilst promising people heaven it neglects their historical realities, which to this day affect ordinary people. in particular those of African descent,” he added.

Addressing the outcomes of the recently held Regional Election Strategy Workshop in preparation for the upcoming 2019 general elections, a number of key issues were discussed.

These include calling upon all its membership, rank and file to demonstrate maximum discipline and unity to ensure that they attain the 75% mark that has been placed as a target.

“Our priority is to honour the social contract we have with people by delivering services; this is in line with our mission of uplifting the life of every South African.

“All councillors of the ANC will convene public meetings to reconnect with the people as part of Thuma Mina Campaign and all ANC-led municipalities are expected to ensure that by December 2018 all pending service delivery matters have been addressed,” concluded Zondi.

The ANC regional leadership also conveyed a women’s month message to all women in the region, calling for equal recognition both in society and in the workplace as women often face discrimination and exploitation, saying that the General Gizenga Mpanza Region has made significant progress on the front of fighting gender-based violence and addressing gender parity in various spheres of life.