Prov­inces split on party lead­er­ship elec­tion re­form


THE push for all ANC mem­bers to elect their pres­i­dent and top five lead­ers, has pit­ted the party’s big­gest prov­inces against each other.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal and the East­ern Cape, the party’s big­gest and sec­ond-big­gest prov­inces re­spec­tively, dif­fered on the sug­ges­tion.

The move will see about a mil­lion mem­bers vote for lead­ers, in­clud­ing for the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC), in­stead of branch del­e­gates nom­i­nated to a con­fer­ence.

The gov­ern­ing party is grap­pling with its lead­er­ship elec­tion meth­ods, which have been plagued by vote-buy­ing and ma­nip­u­la­tion, al­low­ing space for “cap­ture” of the or­gan­i­sa­tion by busi­ness in­ter­ests.

Yes­ter­day, as the ANC NEC met in Pre­to­ria, the party’s North­ern Cape struc­ture openly backed a pro­posal for one mil­lion party mem­bers to vote di­rectly for its pres­i­dent and other top lead­ers.

The de­ci­sion by the ANC in the North­ern Cape yes­ter­day came af­ter the party in the East­ern Cape sup­ported the pro­posal. It was adopted at the re­cent pol­icy con­fer­ence, where ANC struc­tures were asked to dis­cuss it and come up with their po­si­tions.

How­ever, KZN re­jected the pro­posal, with Lim­popo, Mpumalanga and Gaut­eng among those not yet de­cided.

Mdu­miseni Ntuli, ANC pro­vin­cial spokesper­son, said the pro­posal would not work. “This is not a de­ci­sion of the pol­icy con­fer­ence. It’s one of the per­mu­ta­tions the pol­icy con­fer­ence said we should con­sider,” he said.


“As a prov­ince we don’t sup­port it. Our view is the ex­ist­ing mech­a­nism is suf­fi­cient. What we need to do is strengthen the qual­ity of the branches so they pro­duce del­e­gates of high qual­ity at the con­fer­ence,” he said.

Nkenke Kekana, ANC spokesper­son in Gaut­eng, said this was a bril­liant idea, but it would be dif­fi­cult to im­ple­ment.

“You need to mod­ernise the party. We are in dis­cus­sion to mod­ernise the party,” he said.

This would then scrap the cur­rent sys­tem where del­e­gates from branches vote for the ANC Pres­i­dent, the rest of the top six and the NEC.

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