Gloomy fore­cast if ANC con­fer­ence col­lapses

Pretoria News - - NEWS - KAILENE PIL­LAY

PO­LIT­I­CAL an­a­lyst Bheki Mn­gomezulu be­lieves there will be the harsh con­se­quence should for­mer fi­nance boss Trevor Manuel and ANC stal­wart Tokyo Sexwale’s pre­dic­tions ring true.

Manuel and Sexwale re­cently voiced their be­liefs that the ANC con­fer­ence would col­lapse by the third day.

While speak­ing at a lec­ture at the Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg last week, Manuel said there was a chance of ANC branch num­bers be­ing ma­nip­u­lated, a sit­u­a­tion which may lead to the party’s na­tional con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber crash­ing be­fore its third day.

Shortly af­ter­wards, Sexwale also warned that the ANC’s elec­tive con­fer­ence was in dan­ger of col­laps­ing. Sexwale said the party is “thor­oughly di­vided”, in an in­ter­view with The Sowe­tan.

“One of the crit­i­cal things for the ANC lead­er­ship to con­sider is that we may leave the con­fer­ence with an in­terim struc­ture if peo­ple are not in­ter­ested in stand­ing for any po­si­tion. I count my­self among such peo­ple. How­ever, my wish is that this does not hap­pen and we leave the con­fer­ence with an out­come,” he said.

But, Mn­gomezulu said he could not agree with the stal­warts as the longer the de­lay in the con­fer­ence, the more com­plex things would get and more blood would be spilt.

“More blood will be spilt if ANC con­fer­ence is de­layed.

“The prob­lems lie with the vy­ing for lead­er­ship. The ANC can­not af­ford to al­low a col­lapse at the con­fer­ence and I think they know that,” Mn­gomezulu said. the

Manuel pre­dicted that the con­fer­ence would crash be­fore day three of the con­fer­ence. But what is so sig­nif­i­cant about day three?

Mn­gomezulu ex­plained, “Day three is when the del­e­gates dis­cuss the poli­cies they adopted pre­lim­i­nar­ily in July.

“On that day they will elect the lead­ers who will adopt th­ese poli­cies and this hap­pens af­ter all the de­lib­er­a­tions that take place on the pre­vi­ous days.”

The 54th Na­tional Con­fer­ence will take place this year from De­cem­ber 16 to 20 in Gaut­eng.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.