Elec­tive con­fer­ence has ANC scram­bling

Sunday Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - NONI MOKATI

THE ANC is scram­bling to de­clare all par­tic­i­pat­ing branches ready for its 54th na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence in al­most five weeks.

While 60% of the branches have wrapped up their pro­cesses through branch gen­eral meet­ings, the re­main­ing 40% have un­til Wed­nes­day.

ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe yes­ter­day said the party’s lead­er­ship was work­ing tire­lessly to en­sure the branches met the dead­line and warned no ex­ten­sions or ex­cep­tions would be made for BGMS to take place.

“Many prov­inces are do­ing rel­a­tively well. There is one province that is 90% in their BGMS. There are prov­inces around 76%. There is also a province at 29%. We are go­ing to push prov­inces to fin­ish the work they are do­ing,” he said.

Man­tashe put the dif­fer­ent progress of BGMS down to the fact that prov­inces moved at dif­fer­ent paces.

It, how­ever, re­mains to be seen if pro­vin­cial struc­tures can meet the BGM dead­line.

Man­tashe was speak­ing on the side­lines of the ANC’S spe­cial na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) meet­ing in Irene, near Pre­to­ria, yes­ter­day.

The four-day meet­ing is set to de­lib­er­ate, among other things, out­comes of the re­cent ANC’S Veter­ans’ League Con­fer­ence, the chaotic Eastern Cape elec­tive con­fer­ence which re­sulted in a num­ber of in­juries af­ter party del­e­gates hurled chairs at each other, as well as a draft or­gan­i­sa­tional re­port which Man­tashe would present to the party’s top lead­er­ship.

He said the spe­cial meet­ing was to en­sure that NEC mem­bers could add their in­put be­fore the fi­nal re­port was drafted. At the end of the meet­ing, the party would also pro­nounce on its find­ings in the im­passe be­tween struc­tures in the Eastern Cape.

The road lead­ing to the much-an­tic­i­pated elec­tive con­fer­ence from De­cem­ber 16 to 20 was not only sad­dled with de­lays in branch meet­ings but a plethora of court cases over lead­er­ship dis­putes at some prov­inces.

Man­tashe, how­ever, warned that the ANC in­tended to deal swiftly with the court cases.

“We can’t plan a na­tional con­fer­ence on the ba­sis of court cases. We are plan­ning a na­tional con­fer­ence and are work­ing for it to be a suc­cess. We will deal with any­thing that de­tracts from it be­ing a suc­cess,” he said.

He said the ANC was al­ready win­ning in some of the cases.

“The justice sys­tem is there all the time… we are win­ning al­most of all of them. That’s why in the KZN one we are ap­peal­ing be­cause we are con­vinced it mis­in­ter­preted the ANC con­sti­tu­tion.”

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