KZN branches set on new lead­er­ship at Nas­rec

Cape Times - - WORLD NEWS - Bongani Hans

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal yes­ter­day said that 633 cru­cial branch gen­eral meet­ings had taken place ahead of today’s dead­line, with the rest in a rush to com­plete pro­cesses and be considered for next month’s elec­tive con­fer­ence.

Provin­cial spokesper­son Mdu­miseni Ntuli yes­ter­day said the prov­ince had con­cluded 78.5% or 633 out of 806 BGMs and it was ready for the na­tional con­fer­ence to be held in Nas­rec, Jo­han­nes­burg next month.

He dis­puted ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe’s as­ser­tion, at a press brief­ing in Jo­han­nes­burg yes­ter­day, that the prov­ince had only com­pleted 40.8% of its BGMs. “The BGM per­cent­age for KZN pro­vided by the HQ (head­quar­ter) today is not ac­cu­rate. Clearly, the SG used old in­for­ma­tion,” Ntuli wrote on his Face­book page yes­ter­day.

There had been re­ports of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties at BGMs at the week­end in eThek­wini, the Lower South Coast and other re­gions.

At some BGMs party mem­bers al­leged that they were as­saulted when they protested over be­ing pre­vented from en­ter­ing venues.

Ntuli said the prov­ince had al­ready dealt with most of the ap­peals. “Some quar­rel­ing par­ties reached a com­pro­mise af­ter we en­gaged with them. Oth­ers have rec­on­ciled and with­drawn ap­peals,” he said.

Ntuli said it was pos­si­ble that some BGMs would have to be re­run. He said the Emalahleni Re­gion, had the low­est per­cent­age branch turnout thus far, with only 39% of the meet­ings hav­ing been con­cluded.

Man­tashe told the me­dia that out of 5 420 del­e­gates to the con­fer­ence, 4 731 would come from the branches while 689 would be rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the ANC Youth League, Women’s League, Veter­ans’ League and NEC mem­bers.

“The NEC has com­mended those prov­inces that have al­ready com­pleted more than 75% of their BGMs.

“We urge the bal­ance to re­dou­ble their ef­forts to en­sure that their struc­tures form part of the con­fer­ence,” Man­tashe said.

WED­NES­DAY, NOVEM­BER 15, 2017

SMASHED: The car of Vin­cent Silingile, the ANC’s Nk­wenkweni Mpeluza branch co-or­di­na­tor in Mbek­weni, Paarl, was at­tacked while be­ing driven by his brother on Satur­day.

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