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By unknown | Jul 05, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

The National Democratic Convention (Nadeco) is back from the doldrums and has vowed to focus its efforts on winning local government votes in KwaZulu-Natal.

Nadeco has decided to work with any party that has the most votes in municipalities in the region.

The party leadership said yesterday that its political woes were over and that there was no dissension in the party or moves to establish another party.

Speaking in Durban yesterday, national chairman Themba Mbutho said his party took a decision to continue working with either the IFP or ANC in any municipality in the province, depending on who had the upper-hand.

Last month Nadeco was bitterly criticised by the ANC, especially the premier S'bu Ndebele, who accused it of ganging up with the IFP and DA to oust the ANC in municipalities in the province, especially in Amajuba in Newcastle.

"As Nadeco we will continue working with any party that receives the majority votes and we still stand by that," said Mbutho.

He said the party would hold its first federal council conference this Saturday after court battles that saw party leaders making court "their home".

This followed a long-running legal battle between current leader Hawu Mbatha and former interim president, Ziba Jiyane.

But the leadership battle was resolved in April at its national conference, where Mbatha was elected president and a new executive chosen.

The meeting happened after the court had ruled in Mbatha's favour.

Yesterday, Nadeco dismissed reports that its treasurer-general Jerry Sibiya was planning to establish another party.


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