ANC branch meet­ings on track in N Cape

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WITH dead­lines loom­ing to con­clude ANC branch gen­eral meet­ings (BGMs) to ap­point provin­cial del­e­gates who will elect the new party pres­i­dent later this year, the North­ern Cape has con­vened the sec­ond high­est num­ber (94 per­cent) of BGMs.

In a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day, ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe said that a to­tal of 5 240 del­e­gates would be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence in Gaut­eng from De­cem­ber 16 to 20.

“Provinces are ex­pected to com­plete this process by the dead­line of Wed­nes­day (to­day). We noted chal­lenges of con­ven­ing BGMs dur­ing the week and have agreed to a grace pe­riod, to at the very lat­est, un­til Sun­day to com­plete all BGMs. This is done to al­low suf­fi­cient time to con­sider ap­peals, all of which must be lodged within 48 hours of the dis­puted BGM and to pre­pare for the provin­cial gen­eral coun­cils.”

Man­tashe added that 70 per­cent of branches across the coun­try had con­vened their BGMs as of Novem­ber 13.

Man­tashe said that Mpumalanga had con­vened 95.7 per­cent of its BGMs, fol­lowed by the North­ern Cape (94 per­cent), the Free State (87.6 per­cent), Gaut­eng (76 per­cent), Lim­popo (73.8 per­cent) and the Western Cape (66.3 per­cent).

KwaZulu-Natal recorded the low­est per­cent­age (40.8 per­cent), with the North West at 54.3 per­cent and the Eastern Cape at 56 per­cent.

Man­tashe stated that dis­pute teams, com­prised of Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC) mem­bers, had been sent to all provinces.

He added that only au­dited mem­bers in good stand­ing would be elected as vot­ing del­e­gates.

“Se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions were also made of a pre­med­i­tated plan to col­lapse the con­fer­ence. The NEC is un­equiv­o­cal on the need to en­sure that all in­ci­dents that took place will be in­ves­ti­gated ex­pe­di­tiously. This in­cludes iden­ti­fy­ing those re­spon­si­ble for in­cit­ing vi­o­lence. The NEC con­demns the use of vi­o­lence as a means to win any nom­i­na­tion or elec­tion at all costs.”

Man­tashe also called on gov­ern­ment to re­ject the cost-shar­ing model pro­posal to fund ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion through gov­ern­ment guar­an­teed loans from com­mer­cial banks. Un­der this model, stu­dents will be­gin pay­ing off their loans once they be­come em­ployed and earn a cer­tain in­come thresh­old.

He be­lieved that this model would place stu­dents in fur­ther debt.

“The ANC will fur­ther study the com­pre­hen­sive re­port and en­gage gov­ern­ment on how prac­ti­cally and ur­gently we ad­vance the at­tain­ment of fee-free higher ed­u­ca­tion for the work­ing class and the poor.”

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