It is unclear why Madikizela sees himself as an underdog in this weekend’s showdown as he is a known strongman in the province. He held a treasurer position in the previous ANC administration and is currently MEC of public works in the sixth administration.
A day after the contender for provincial secretary was given the green light to contest by Luthuli House, he came out sharply against purging those who hold a different view within the party.
However, in his short address to delegates aligned to his slate, Teris Ntuthu emphasised elective conferences were exactly that.
“Elective conferences are not fights. It is the highest glory of the ANC’s internal democracy. Those we are not voting for in this conference we don’t hate personally, but we are saying for the past four years our province is notorious for suspensions of comrades,” he said, signalling the conference should elect a different leadership collective.
Ntuthu’s participation in the conference came at the last hour via a letter signed by ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile.
He faced charges of corruption and fraud related to an alleged a fraudulent refuse bag tender worth R10m at Butterworth-based Mnquma municipality dating back to 2017, but his case was struck off the roll.