The African Independent Congress (AIC) has threatened the African National Congress to withdraw from their coalition should ANC fail to take solid action to move back Matatiele into KZN Province.
Matatiele was moved from KwaZulu-Natal to the Eastern Cape in 2005. In 2006, the Constitutional Court found the move invalid because there had been insufficient public consultation.
In a 2009 referendum, people voted to return Matatiele to KwaZulu-Natal. The AIC has put forward four conditions for a coalition with the ANC, the main one being moving Matatiele back to KwaZulu-Natal.
In an angry letter penned by AIC president Mandla Galo to ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe last week, Galo said his party was running out of patience with the ANC’s delaying tactics in tackling the Matatiele matter head on.
“In the letter we state categorically that if they fail to take concrete steps to incorporate Matatiele into KZN, we will pull out of the coalition by the 31 December 2016.
“This matter is very important to the people of Matatiele and surrounding areas. They have voted for us with the mandate to push this agenda. We cannot wait for the ANC to sort out their internal problems,” he said.