The SACP in KwaZulu-Natal says those behind efforts to turn the province against President Jacob Zuma in the run-up to Mangaung will have an uphill battle. The party was responding to reports that anti-Zuma campaigners are taking their fight to the president's home province.
Provincial Secretary, Themba Mthembu says names of provincial leaders are being used in the anti-Zuma campaign to sow division. He has called on the provincial ANC to remain united.
Mthembu says: “We are not surprised that there is that belief that if you want to break the back of the support of the current president you need to divide KZN. But we strongly believe, if we look at the unity that is there on the ground, that they will have an uphill battle and not only in KZN, in all other provinces that have been reported otherwise”.
Meanwhile, flags are flying at half-mast at all KwaZulu-Natal provincial government offices ahead of the funeral of the late Reverend Khoza Mgojo later this morning. Reverend Mgojo died last week after a long illness. He was a renowned educator, cleric and a struggle veteran for peace and justice.
His determination and courage saw him confronting injustice and fearlessly speaking against apartheid. He was in the forefront of peacemaking efforts, assisting those who fled their homes in the then violence ridden KZN in the 1990's. President Zuma will deliver the oration at the funeral later in the day.