Caucus Meeting Turns Bloody in S.A

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Two members of South Africa’s ruling National African Congress were shot and wounded and third run by a car at a caucus meeting that turned bloody last month.

ANC members in KwaXima, west of Durban had met to pick a candidate to represent them at an elective conference that month.

Party rules require that 70 percent of branches meet to finalize their nominations for purposes of quorum at the conferece.

Reports have had it that many of the ANC branches were finding it difficult to meet and nominate candidates to beat the deadline.

The meeting reportedly descended into shambles when unruly and “illegitimate” members apparently insisted on being part of the meeting.

The unnamed duo was shot inside the meeting while the third was run over outside the meeting. Party sources at the scene explained that the two were shot and the third person was allegedly run over “intentionally” as a group strove to disrupt the meeting.

Mr. Thulani Zwane, spokesman for the police, said one person was arrested but it was not clear whether he was the marksman.

“The injured had already left the scene when the police arrived,” he said. 

ANC Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala confirmed the incident, but would not give further details because we “haven’t received an official report”, adding that the meeting had been cancelled.

He said that the meeting had to be cancelled. 

Many of the branch meetings had been ravaged by infighting over “preferred” candidates.

The eThekwini mayor, James Nxumalo, and the party’s regional treasurer, Zandile Gumede, have emerged as the top contender to lead the region.

Obviously, the voice of one of the contending factions.

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