ANC branches to nom­i­nate lead­ers

The Mercury - - NEWS - Zi­masa Mati­wane and Samkelo Mt­shali

ANC branches in KwaZulu-Natal are ex­pected to start their branch gen­eral meet­ings (BGMs) this week­end and be­gin the vi­tal process of nom­i­nat­ing the next party leader, and se­lect­ing del­e­gates who will rep­re­sent them at the na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence.

An au­dit process was car­ried out by sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe to de­ter­mine the num­ber of branches in good stand­ing and KZN will send 870 del­e­gates from 11 re­gions to rep­re­sent the prov­ince in De­cem­ber.

Party provin­cial sec­re­tary Su­per Zuma yes­ter­day said the del­e­gate num­bers were based on the num­ber of mem­bers at a branch – 100 mem­bers is equal to one del­e­gate, and for every ad­di­tional 250 mem­bers, the branch is al­lo­cated one ad­di­tional del­e­gate.

Zuma would not di­vulge how many branches did not qual­ify “as the prov­ince is in the process of no­ti­fy­ing the re­gional lead­ers”.

Zuma said branches with a mem­ber­ship of less than 100 did not qual­ify to run BGMs and this in­cludes branches whose term of lead­er­ship had ex­pired.

“Branches that have more than 100 mem­bers but whose term of of­fice have ex­pired will have to elect branch lead­er­ship so that they be­come branches in good stand­ing be­fore they run BGMs,” he ex­plained.

Zuma said the party did not ex­pect any chal­lenges, say­ing it will ap­point teams to as­sess the pro­cesses.

“We are train­ing lead­ers who will be de­ployed to run the BGMs, we are also train­ing our branch lead­ers and mem­bers so that they un­der­stand the guide­lines and what is ex­pected of them,” said Zuma.

Zuma said a di­rec­tive from the na­tional of­fice gave branches un­til the end of the month to hold meet­ings.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Lukhona Mn­guni said the BGMs were likely to be tense due to se­ri­ous and per­sonal dif­fer­ences.

He said the pos­si­bil­ity of ma­nip­u­la­tion ex­isted as sec­re­taries of branches, who con­vene meet­ings, could ex­clude some branch mem­bers by not giv­ing them fair no­tice of the sit­ting of the meet­ing.

“If they feel that their fac­tion could make up the quo­rum of the branch, they could in­for­mally dis­sem­i­nate the date of the meet­ing to their fac­tion first so that they can be ready to at­tend the meet­ing and then give the other mem­bers the short­est ac­cept­able amount of time al­lowed for no­tice of the meet­ing,” Mn­guni said.

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