Former president Jacob Zuma's backers in Kwa-Zulu Natal province and RET forces are confident that they will emerge victorious at the provincial conference which kick-started on Friday.
ANC veteran and former Umkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans Association spokesperson, Carl Niehaus said he is confident that Zandile Gumede, the former eThekwini mayor who is vying for the chairperson position will emerge victorious without a doubt.
"This weekend the voices of the revolutionary ANC Members of eThekwini will be heard loud and clear at their Regional Conference. As we say in Afrikaans: 'Hier kom 'n ding!'
uMama Zandile Gumede will without any shred of doubt overwhelmingly emerge as the elected Chairperson of the ANC eThekwini Region," he said.
Zandile Gumede is one of the ANC comrades who are facing corruption charges and their cases are still before the courts.
RET backed Zandile Gumede is contesting against Thabani Nyawose and the conference is clearly going to be divided along factional lines.
It is speculated that once Zandile Gumede is elected as the provincial chairperson, she is going to step aside in line with the party's resolution.
Factionalism and gatekeeping have decimated the region, but the provincial spokesperson, Nhlakanipho Ntombela says the province will not oppose the election of Zandile Gumede as she is a member in good standing.
"She has every right to be nominated and elected. If she is elected well under circumstances, then she must step aside from her responsibilities up until her day in court is concluded, but we will have to wait for the conference to unfold to determine that," he said.
RET comrades claim that now is the time for their comrades to take up leadership positions in the provincial conference. Kwa-Zulu Natal province has been one of the provinces marred by violence during party meetings and comrades are on high alert for any violent acts that might erupt this weekend.
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