No clear way for­ward for ANC

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - RUSANA PHI­LAN­DER

AF­TER two days of meet­ings be­tween the ANC na­tional work­ing com­mit­tee, re­gions and the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) of the West­ern Cape, there is still no clear in­di­ca­tion of the way for­ward to stop the fac­tion­al­ism that is tear­ing the pro­vin­cial party apart.

Even the pres­ence of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma at a Nel­son Man­dela lec­ture in Nyanga could not hide the rifts.

ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe said they would dis­cuss is­sues such as the dis­band­ment of the Dul­lah Omar re­gion.

“We will be re­turn­ing to the West­ern Cape next week and will need two days to make a de­ter­mi­na­tion about the Dul­lah Omar re­gion. We can’t put the cart be­fore the horse. Many is­sues came through. We got feed­back from re­gions and met with the PEC.

“We want to re­build the West­ern Cape and con­test it strongly in 2019.”

The ANC in the West­ern Cape has been em­broiled in fac­tion­al­ism.

Re­cently, the lead­er­ship of the Dul­lah Omar re­gion, which in­cludes the Cape Town metropole, was dis­banded.

This was fol­lowed by a me­dia con­fer­ence, which the lead­er­ship struc­ture held, and dur­ing which they op­posed dis­solv­ing the re­gion.

Later, the ANC’s PEC an­nounced the dis­band­ment.

The rea­son cited was the out­come of last year’s lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions, in which the ANC lost sup­port.

PIC­TURE: PHANDO JIKELO / ANA

ON A MIS­SION: ANC pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma with Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter David Mahlobo at the Fire & Ice Ho­tel, where the party’s NEC had a meet­ing in a bid to re­solve is­sues in the West­ern Cape.

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