‘ 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.