As dead­line looms for BGMs to be com­pleted

The Sunday Independent - - POLITICS -

THE ANC is scram­bling to de­clare all par­tic­i­pat­ing branches ready for its 54th na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence due to start in five weeks’ time. While 60% of branches have wound up their pro­cesses through branch gen­eral meet­ings, the re­main­ing 40% have un­til Wed­nes­day to shape up.

ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe said yes­ter­day the party’s lead­er­ship was work­ing tire­lessly to en­sure these branches meet the dead­line. He warned no ex­ten­sions or ex­cep­tions would be made.

“Many prov­inces are do­ing well rel­a­tively. There is one prov­ince that is 90% over their BGMs. There are prov­inces at around 76%. There is also a prov­ince at 29% and that is where we are. We are go­ing to push prov­inces to fin­ish the work they are do­ing,” he said.

He was speak­ing on the side­lines of the ANC’s spe­cial na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing cur­rently un­der way in Irene, near Pre­to­ria.

The four-day meet­ing is set to de­lib­er­ate, among oth­ers, the out­comes of the re­cent ANC’s Vet­er­ans’ League Con­fer­ence, the chaotic Eastern Cape elec­tive con­fer­ence, which re­sulted in a num­ber of in­juries af­ter party del­e­gates hurled chairs at each other, and a draft or­gan­i­sa­tional re­port which Man­tashe will present be­fore the party’s top lead­er­ship.

He said the spe­cial meet­ing was to en­sure that NEC mem­bers have their say be­fore a fi­nal re­port is drafted.

At the end of this meet­ing, the party will also pro­nounce its de­ci­sion on the

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