Members of the uMkhonto Wesizwe party clashed outside the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature over the submission of its members’ list for swearing-in on Friday.

Nhlanhla Ngidi, removed as the MK provincial convener, attempted to submit his list, leading to a confrontation with another group claiming their list was compiled by Jacob Zuma.

Members of the uMkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party clashed outside the KwaZulu-Natal  Legislature in Pietermaritzburg over the submission of its list of members to be sworn in on Friday.

The clash happened at around noon when a former director-general of the KZN government, Nhlanhla Ngidi, who was removed in April as the MK provincial convener, clashed with a group of other MK leaders who presented their own list, claiming it was compiled by party leader Jacob Zuma.

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Ngidi attempted to submit his list to the secretary of the legislature, Nerusha Naidoo, at the same time that the other group tried to submit their list.

Ngidi and the other group fought while members of other political parties looked on. 

The MK group questioned Ngidi’s presence, claiming he had no authority to represent the MK at any level. Ngidi countered that he was the party’s legitimate representative with the authority to submit the list.

Naidoo then chased the MK members away, telling them to resolve their list issues before returning for submission.

“The MK came here and submitted two separate lists, which made their numbers exceed the 37 seats they received,” said Naidoo. 

“I advised them to go and fix their issue before coming back for submission.” 

Naidoo told the incoming legislature members she also had to consult with the legislature’s legal unit to check if it was permissible to amend the list before the end of the stipulated period of 12 months.

Naidoo clarified that no one would be allowed to enter the chambers on Friday unless they were registered on the gazette list submitted to KZN Acting Judge President Thoba Poyo-Dlwati.

Former National Democratic Convention president Dr Ziba Jiyane, who joined the MK party earlier this year, claimed he was unaware he was joining an organisation led by former president Zuma and his daughter Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla. 

Jiyane was angry over allegations that he was left off the MK’s list to Parliament.

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