Plot to oust me is fake news-Man­tashe

Man­tashe calls for a meet­ing with al­liance part­ner to dis­cuss im­pli­ca­tions of con­test­ing mu­nic­i­pal­ity by-elec­tion separately from ANC

The New Age (Free State) - - POLITICS - BONOLO SELE­BANO bono­los@the­newage.co.za

ANC sec­re­tary gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe yes­ter­day poured cold wa­ter on me­dia re­ports of a plot to oust him in the party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit (NEC) meet­ing at the week­end.

brief­ing jour­nal­ist in a post-ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) meet­ing in Jo­han­nes­burg, Man­tashe dis­missed the re­ports as fake-news.

“It’s a fac­tional brief­ing which has noth­ing to do with the re­al­ity in the ANC. I have never been to that meet­ing where I’ve been asked to re­cuse my­self be­cause ev­ery­body is com­plain­ing that the SG is so bad, he needs to re­cuse him­self. It is a meet­ing that has been given to you by a fac­tion that is des­per­ate, that sen­sa­tion­alises is­sues for their own ben­e­fit.”

Man­tashe said that fac­tions in the ANC ped­dling di­vi­sive in­for­ma­tion to the me­dia would not suc­ceed in de­rail­ing the party’s De­cem­ber elec­tive con­fer­ence.

“They will not be given space to mess up the ANC con­fer­ence for fac­tional rea­sons,” he said.

Man­tashe also said that the de­ci­sion by the SACP to con­test by-elec­tions separately from the ANC in Met­sima­holo mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the Free State has fur­ther raised “ten­sions” be­tween the two al­liance part­ners, Man­tashe called for an ur­gent meet­ing with the SACP to dis­cuss the im­pli­ca­tions of the com­mu­nist party’s de­ci­sion to go alone at the polls and on the in­ner work­ings of ANC-led tri­par­tite al­liance.

“When you put a par­al­lel thing to cam­paign in a mu­nic­i­pal­ity like Met­sima­holo, you are ac­tu­ally throw­ing a light on that one. You are rais­ing ten­sions in the al­liance to the limit,” Man­tashe said.

His com­ments come against the back­ground of the SACP field­ing 42 can­di­dates to con­test the by-elec­tions at the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity later this month, with­out the ANC, a move which has been per­ceived as a test drive for the SACP’s re­solve to con­test na­tional elec­tions separately from the ANC some­time in the fore­see­able fu­ture.

Man­tashe said a fol­low-up meet­ing to the re­cent al­liance’s po­lit­i­cal coun­cil should be con­vened with haste. “The ANC must in­ter­ro­gate and en­gage the res­o­lu­tion of the SACP on state power and its im­pli­ca­tions for the al­liance.

“The ANC re­mains com­mit­ted to en­gag­ing the party on this mat­ter and en­sur­ing that the al­liance, united and strong, con­tin­ues to pro­vide the lead­er­ship so­ci­ety re­quires from the al­liance.”

Re­fer­ring to ANC branch gen­eral meet­ings (BGMs) finalising their nom­i­na­tions for pre­ferred na­tional NEC of­fi­cials for the party’s con­fer­ence, Man­tashe said struc­tures that could not com­plete their nom­i­na­tions by to­day’s cut-off date, would be given a week’s grace pe­riod to com­plete the task.

“Prov­inces are ex­pected to com­plete this process by the dead­line of to­mor­row, 16 Novem­ber. We note chal­lenges of con­ven­ing BGMs dur­ing the week and have agreed to a grace pe­riod to Sun­day to com­plete all BGMs.

“This is done to al­low suf­fi­cient time to con­sider ap­peals (all of which must be lodged within 48 hours of the dis­puted BGM) and to pre­pare for the pro­vin­cial gen­eral coun­cils.”

Man­tashe also said an ANC ap­peals panel, chaired by Sbu Nde­bele, had been instituted to re­solve the lead­er­ship im­passe in the East­ern Cape.

“The NEC re­flected at length on the East­ern Cape pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence. A num­ber of re­ports were re­ceived in re­la­tion to the con­fer­ence firstly, from the NEC de­ploy­ees who had been man­dated to be part of prepa­ra­tions towards and dur­ing the con­fer­ence.

“A sec­ond re­port from the newly elected PEC. Fi­nally, a com­plaint of for­mer PEC mem­bers which was sub­se­quently changed into an ap­peal. The NEC fur­ther con­sid­ered the work done by the na­tional of­fi­cials fol­low­ing re­ceipt of the com­plaint.”

PIC­TURE: ANN7

FAC­TIONAL: ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe, left, has de­scribed re­ports of his re­moval as des­per­ate mea­sures by a fac­tion.

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