ANC to ac­cel­er­ate nom­i­na­tion pro­cesses

Daily Dispatch - - Front Page - By ZINE GE­ORGE

THE ANC’s top brass will send teams of na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers to the East­ern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape to speed up the nom­i­na­tion pro­cesses for next month’s con­fer­ence.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe an­nounced that Sbu Nde­bele, the for­mer KZN pre­mier, would lead a task team which will in­ves­ti­gate the le­git­i­macy of the East­ern Cape elec­tive con­fer­ence held last month.

Vi­o­lence marred the con­fer­ence and saw ri­val fac­tions throw­ing chairs at each other be­fore Os­car Mabuyane was elected chair­man.

Nde­bele said he re­ceived a call from Man­tashe yes­ter­day morn­ing to in­form him that he would chair the panel in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ANC East­ern Cape con­fer­ence.

“I am meet­ing with the SG to­mor­row to get a brief and for him to take me through the task that I am sup­posed to do,” he said.

Man­tashe said: “The trou­bled prov­ince of the East­ern Cape as of yes­ter­day was at 66% [in branch nom­i­na­tions].”

Other prov­inces where the NEC’s or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee will in­ter­vene are KZN, which was also lag­ging be­hind at 40.8% and Western Cape at 54%.

“These are ba­si­cally three prov­inces where we will have to in­ter­vene to ac­cel­er­ate the pro­cesses,” said Man­tashe.

The de­tails were part of a re­port on the state of af­fairs, as the party is rac­ing against time, pre­par­ing for its 54th elec­tive na­tional con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

The con­fer­ence comes while the East­ern Cape provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive is un­der pres­sure as its for­mer chair­man Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle is chal­leng­ing the elec­tion into of­fice of his ri­val Mabuyane.

The Dis­patch re­ported yes­ter­day that the NEC re­solved to send a seven-mem­ber team to help deal with the dis­pute and re­port back to the NEC at the end of the month. The list in­cludes Re­joice Mab­hudafasi, Sdumo Dlamini and Re­joice Moloi-Moropa, as well as three tech­ni­cal of­fi­cers.

The NEC, which met last week­end, re­solved that Mabuyane along with his 35-mem­ber PEC will re­main at the helm, pend­ing the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of probe.

The an­nounce­ment of the Nde­bele-led team comes amid in­ac­cu­rate me­dia re­ports yes­ter­day that Fik­ile Mbalula and David Mahlobo would lead the team to probe the trou­bled prov­ince.

“There is no Mbalula or Mahlobo team go­ing to the East­ern Cape,” said Man­tashe. — Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Qaan­i­tah Hunter

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