Party of struggles

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The in-fighting within the National Democratic Convention (Nadeco) rages on.

This time two of the party's councillors, Thokozani Hadebe and Thandanani Njoko, will appear before a disciplinary committee next week.

The councillors are from the Umzinyathi district municipality and Amajuba district.

They were suspended on Tuesday for not attending meetings and reporting back to their members.

But Hadebe maintains he was suspended because Nadeco's new leadership fears that he might join the IFP or the ANC. He said Hawu Mbatha was not the leader of Nadeco.

"I have not attended a single meeting they have invited me to because I do not recognise Mbatha's leadership," he said.

"To me this constitutes an offence because the president is Ziba Jiyane, and until such time that a legitimate conference is called and we elect a president, Jiyane remains the president."

Njoko was not available for comment.

Nadeco's district secretary Patrick Mdladla said they decided to suspend the two because "they failed to pay the required five percent fee and have also failed to report back to Nadeco's structures".

Mdladla said an advocate will chair the disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.

"The two have been informed of the conditions of their suspension, including that they are not allowed to enter premises of the party or the municipal building until a decision has been taken."

But Hadebe said he was going to ignore his suspension.