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[Source: Mail & Guardian by Paddy Harper.]

The manipulation of how councillors are selected stoked political violence in KwaZulu-Natal, said former provincial premier and ANC chairperson Senzo Mchunu.

Mchunu, who was fired as premier after losing the November 2015 elective conference to current chairperson Sihle Zikalala, made the explosive disclosures at the Moerane Commission into political killings in KwaZulu-Natal.

Last week, the elective conference outcome was declared unlawful by the high court in Pietermaritzburg.

Mchunu told how up to 10 candidates would attempt to become the ANC councillor-elect in a single branch because of the benefits that came with the post. A culture of “our turn to eat’’ has developed around council posts, with business people lining up to control the councillors and so benefit from municipal contracts.

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