‘ A’ for away for ANC’s re­gional con­fer­ences


THE pro­vin­cial ANC re­mains adamant that all its re­gional con­fer­ences will be held as planned be­fore the rul­ing party’s national elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

This de­spite in­sid­ers claim­ing that the pro­vin­cial ANC plans to de­lay all of its 10 re­gional con­fer­ences un­til De­cem­ber to stave off pos­si­ble fac­tional bat­tles be­tween sup­port­ers of pres­i­den­tial con­tenders Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and deputy pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

How­ever, the party’s spokesper­son, Mdu­miseni Ntuli, has dis­missed the claims as false, say­ing the party struc­tures had started their prepa­ra­tions for the con­fer­ences, ex­pect­ing the pro­vin­cial re­gional con­fer­ences to he held in June.

“Prepa­ra­tions for con­fer­ences are go­ing ahead. We have a con­fer­ence in June, oth­ers in July and oth­ers in Au­gust. So it is not true that we have post­poned them,” he said.

Ntuli said they will fin­ish all their con­fer­ences by Au­gust. Ethek­wini, the party’s biggest re­gion in the coun­try, will only hold its con­fer­ence next year. Re­gional and pro­vin­cial con­fer­ences of the ANC are held ev­ery three years while elec­tive national con­fer­ences are held ev­ery five years with in­puts from lower struc­tures.

The Univer­sity of the West­ern Cape’s po­lit­i­cal pro­fes­sor, Bheki Mn­gomezulu, said post­pon­ing the re­gional con­fer­ences would be pos­i­tive for party unity as elec­tive con­fer­ences, by their na­ture, can be di­vi­sive and would be more so un­der the cur­rent fac­tional cli­mate in the ANC and within the tri­par­tite al­liance.

How­ever, he warned that it would not be enough for the party to fold its arms and hope the di­vi­sions would go away. “They now need to work to en­sure the prob­lems are solved.

“Solv­ing the prob­lems that caused the di­vi­sion will re­quire an in­put from all the party mem­bers as they all know what causes them. They must not wait for Luthuli House to solve them,” Mn­gomezulu said.

Mean­while, at the week­end the party’s branches held their gen­eral meet­ings where they dis­cussed pol­icy doc­u­ments and chose del­e­gates to rep­re­sent the party in the two up­com­ing con­fer­ences. Un­like in the past where there were fist fights and dis­rup­tions, there were no re­ports of fight­ing.

ADAMANT: The pro­vin­cial ANC is cer­tain that its re­gional con­fer­ences will go ahead as planned.

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