Pa­tron­age net­works dig in

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in the ANC be­gin heat­ing up ahead of the 2012 elec­tive con­fer­ence in Bloemfontein, the party has bro­ken its tra­di­tional stance on mem­bers lob­by­ing for po­si­tions and has drafted a set of rules for suc­ces­sion bat­tles. While these rules are likely to be adopted at the party’s gen­eral coun­cil meet­ing later this year, ANC sec­re­tary gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe told the party’s Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee the move was in­tended to take the de­bate about lead­er­ship out of the realm of con­spir­acy.

“Con­tes­ta­tion at con­fer­ence is healthy and nor­mal and shouldn’t be con­flated to mean there are di­vi­sions in the ANC. Look at the or­gan­i­sa­tion: it’s al­most 100 years old. There’s no leader that old in the ANC. Lead­ers come and go, but the ANC re­mains,” he said.

Mean­while, crit­i­cal bat­tles for the lead­er­ship are be­ing fought in prov­inces, where con­fer­ences have started be­ing held. Gaut­eng, a crit­i­cal prov­ince to have sup­port from if you have as­pi­ra­tions to end up among the ANC’s na­tional lead­er­ship in 2012, has held its con­fer­ence. It’s of­ten a good dip­stick into how the na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence will go.

No­tably, what’s be­come known as the anti-Zuma fac­tion lost out at this con­fer­ence. Gaut­eng premier Nomvula Mokonyana – backed by ANC Youth League pres­i­dent Julius Malema and ANC sec­re­tary gen­eral wannabe and cur­rently Deputy Min­is­ter of Po­lice, Fik­ile Mbalula – didn’t man­age to oust Paul Mashatile as the chair of the party in the prov­ince.

While the Mbalula/Malema camp is now un­able to pa­rade SA’s most pres­ti­gious prov­ince as proof they have sup­port for their out­spo­ken mis­sion to get rid of Man­tashe from the

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