KZN branches set on new leadership at Nasrec
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 Others have reconciled and withdrawn appeals,” he said.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
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