ANC top brass tackle N Cape

Of­fi­cials de­lib­er­ate over elec­tive con­fer­ence

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SANDI KWON HOO

THE ANC top six were locked in high-se­cu­rity meet­ings in Kim­ber­ley for the bet­ter part of the week­end to deal with com­plaints over the North­ern Cape’s elec­tive con­fer­ence.

Led by party pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, the high-pow­ered del­e­ga­tion re­mained be­hind closed doors with the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) at the Frances Baard Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal of­fices.

The meet­ings pro­ceeded while Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was de­liv­er­ing a Free­dom Char­ter lec­ture in Galeshewe on Satur­day.

North­ern Cape Premier Sylvia Lu­cas had de­clined her nom­i­na­tion to stand as ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son dur­ing the elec­tive con­fer­ence, and her ri­val, Za­mani Saul, took over the reins of the party.

The new PEC en­dorsed Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa as its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date fol­low­ing the pro­vin­cial elec­tive con­fer­ence.

ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Deshi Ngxanga said yes­ter­day that the visit by the of­fi­cials from Luthuli House was prompted by a group of for­mer PEC and branch mem­bers.

The group had ap­proached the pres­i­dent with com­plaints that they had brought be­fore the sec­re­tary-gen­eral’s of­fice in the lead-up to the pro­vin­cial elec­tive con­fer­ence in May.

“The is­sues which the PEC had pre­sumed re­solved be­fore the pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence came up again dur­ing the meet­ing with the na­tional of­fi­cials.

“A de­ci­sion was taken by the na­tional of­fi­cials that a fol­low-up meet­ing would take place to fi­nalise the mat­ter,” said Ngxanga.

He in­di­cated that no res­o­lu­tions were taken at the meet­ing.

“The na­tional of­fi­cials will in­form the PEC of the date of the next meet­ing.”

Ngxanga dis­pelled ru­mours that the PEC had met on Fri­day to dis­band the re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (REC) in the Frances Baard re­gion or its chair­per­son, who were part of the del­e­ga­tion that hosted the Dlamini Zuma lec­ture.

“The PEC sees this as a ma­li­cious at­tempt that seeks to sug­gest that the PEC was elected to purge com­rades, and that is not why the PEC was elected.

“Our pri­mary task, as the PEC, is to unite this prov­ince, which is what we have been work­ing to­wards,” said Ngxanga.

He added that the pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship was never for­mally in­vited to at­tend the Free­dom Char­ter lec­ture or the OR Tambo games and lec­ture that also took place on Satur­day.

“We have noted, how­ever, in the me­dia that the re­gion has, over the week­end, held two par­al­lel pro­grammes. The PEC was never for­mally in­vited to both pro­grammes.”

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