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ANC elects new chairman for the Ehlanzeni region

The African National Congress’ much-awaited fifth Ehlanzeni regional conference finally took place over the past weekend where Mr Michael Ngrayi Ngwenya was elected as the new regional chairperson.

19 October 2011 | Mbekezeli Mbuli

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MBOMBELA - The African National Congress’ much-awaited fifth Ehlanzeni regional conference finally took place over the past weekend where Mr Michael Ngrayi Ngwenya was elected as the new regional chairperson.

The conference, which was officially opened on Friday by the provincial chairperson, Mr David Mabuza and NEC deployed member, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, is said to have been conducted openly and freely and without any violence as has been the case in other regions.

Shortly after the conference, which saw

Mr Michael Ngrayi Ngwenya taking over as chairperson, Mr Peter Nyoni as his deputy, Mr Pat Ngomane as secretary, Mr David Mahlobo as deputy secretary and

Ms Thulisile Khoza as treasurer, the ANC in the province released a statement where it voiced its satisfaction with the proceedings and the outcome of the conference.

Addressing members of this organisation shortly after he was elected into power, Ngwenya called on all branches to work tirelessly to expand the organisation's membership to other groups, especially the minority.

"Our branches should be at the centre and are the basic unit of political activity for our members. This region will work closely with alliance structures and we will make sure that all branches are inducted and political education reaches every member of the branch," echoed Ngwenya.

He also called for lobbying to stop. "Now that the conference has decided on the question of leadership, let us stop lobbying and the lobbying teams must be dismantled.

"Comrades must learn that once a decision has been taken on the basis of the majority's view, it binds everyone, including those who held a different view," he said.

The conference also resolved among others, to increase ANC members in the Ehlanzeni region to 40 000 at the start of the centenary celebrations and 50 000 by the close of 2012.

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