Nafcoc leadership on rocky ground

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

Supporters of KwaZulu-Natal businessman Lucky Moloi say they will not back down in their effort for him to retain the presidency of National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc) in the province.

Last week Nafcoc announced that Golden Malinga, its national secretary-general, had been elected president of the KwaZulu-Natal branch.

Now Moloi loyalists want an urgent inquiry into how Malinga was elected.

Earlier this month Malinga sent a letter to the provincial government charging that Moloi was not the leader of Nafcoc in the region.

He alleged that Moloi was being investigated for embezzlement using the name of Nafcoc.

Now member of parliament Mandla Mbili claims he is Nafcoc's KawaZulu-Natal secretary-general and represents a 10-member local executive committee that voted for Moloi to the lead the organisation.

He said his committee had no faith in the national leadership of Nafcoc because of its "collusion" with Malinga, who he said had been placed under sequestration by the high court for not paying money owed to the Ithala Development Finance Corporation.

He said in terms of the Nafcoc constitution no person under liquidation or sequestration could run for office.

Malinga was not available for comment. However, speaking on SABC's Ukhozi FM he said he and his committee were legitimate.