Limpopo strongman Danny Msiza, KwaZulu-Natal’s Zandile Gumede and Mike Mabuyakhulu are also prominent ANC figures whose political activism has been halted because of the rule,
On Sunday night Mtolo said the conference had agreed the application of the rule not only called for it to be reviewed but scrapped altogether.
In Limpopo the party will argue for the rule to be changed to its original state and not what the NEC decided to amend it to. The original state refers to the resolution adopted by the national conference 2017 which said those who are facing allegations of corruption and crime must step aside. The NEC amended it to say only those who are charged.
“The conference notes the implementation of the step-aside rule has had serious repercussions to the unity of the ANC at all levels,” Mtolo said.
“The 2022 ANC KwaZulu-Natal policy conference discussion documents acknowledge the step-aside rule has serious contestation, believing the inconsistent application of the rule deviates from its original intentions and results in unintended consequences of rejection. We therefore resolved the province will sponsor not only a review of the step-aside rule by the national policy conference but its total abolishment. The application of such a rule should not create confusion or disunity in the ANC.”
Although KwaZulu-Natal is the ANC’s biggest province, the move to completely scrap the step-aside rule is unlikely to gain enough support at the national conference this weekend.