The head of elections and campaigns for African National Congress (ANC) Nomvula Mokonyane, has called on party leaders and members to put down their egos for the good and growth of the party.
Nomvula Mokonyane who is also the Water and Sanitation Minister was speaking to party members in Johannesburg at the ANC’s breakfast briefing on its manifesto on Monday.
There, she said members need to rise above their divisions in KwaZulu-Natal ahead of the August 3 municipal elections. “Anything that hurts the ANC worries me,” said Mokonyane
“Anything that has a potential to divide supporters of the ANC does worry me and I am not the only one. I think the time has come for all of us to put our egos aside and put the ANC first to deal with these kind of issues,” she said.
The minister made the statement following rumors that KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu was about to be recalled and the province’s cabinet reshuffled.
“The ANC is bigger than you and me. We must deal with hard facts and resolve them.” Mokonyane, who is also water and sanitation minister, warned that ANC supporters would not vote because of the things ANC leaders do.
“We really hope that what is happening in KwaZulu-Natal would not affect the ANC,” she said. “Any differences that I have with another comrade that are going to cause harm on the outcome of elections, do concern me.”
The minister went on to call on ANC leaders to use this weekend’s national executive committee meeting to express their views and decipher possible means of moving the party forward.
Her reference to KZN came hours before it became known that Premier Senzo Mchunu resigned after the ANC apparently put pressured on him to vacate his office.
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However, the party’s spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, said there was no announcement about Mchunu, adding that reporting on the rumors was “reckless journalism” but the DA provincial leader in KZN, Zwakele Mncwango, on Sunday said the alleged firing of Mchunu was “a bad move”.
He said he was shocked when he was informed by “highly placed sources” that Mchunu had indeed been given an ultimatum to resign by yesterday or get the boot.