Regions prepare to vote on ANC provincial leaders
expected to be a hot potato. The word on the ground is that Mcebisi Skwatsha has the majority support while a minority supports Marius Fransman as chairman.
Claims of fraudulent membership and manipulation of ANC processes surfaced this week, when five ANC members complained that their names had been added to the attendance register of a Joe Slovo branch meeting in Elands Bay, even though they were not present.
Acting regional secretary of the West Coast region Theunisen Andrews said they were ready for the regional conference this weekend. “Currently 37 branches are in good standing but only 32 will participate in Clanwilliam.”
Referring to the provincial chairmanship, Andrews said the West Coast had not yet announced who it was supporting for the position. “We will see how things develop over the weekend.”
Despite Andrews’s diplomatic approach to the leadership race, party insiders said most branches in the area leaned towards Marius Fransman, deputy minister of international relations and co-operation.
“On the ground things are expected to heat up at the conference. Several delegates and regional leaders have (already) been threatened…” one insider said.
He added that people were scared to speak about the nomination process, because threats had been exchanged between party members.
Central Karoo ANC regional secretary Edward Njadu says their regional conference will be held in Beaufort West next Saturday.
“We have 14 branches in the central Karoo and issues of factionalism are not really a problem here,” he said.
The region had not yet decided who it was supporting for the position of provincial chairman, he said, but insiders said Marius Fransman was the front runner.
The ANC’s Overberg regional task team co-ordinator Andrew Madella said they would select their provincial leadership candidate as well as elect their regional leadership in Caledon today.
He said 23 branches were in good standing and 70 voting delegates from the region’s branches were attending the weekend conference.
“People have their preferred provincial leadership candidates.
“But we are confident as soon as the conference decides who the chosen leaders are, that everyone will unite behind the decision,” he said.
Madella did not want to speculate on which candidate the Overberg would support.
However, ANC leaders in the region say 90 percent of their support base will vote for Marius Fransman while a small fraction is expected to vote for Mcebisi Skwatsha.
The ANC’s Southern Cape regional secretary Putco Mapitiza says a final date for its regional conference has not yet been set.
But he said everyone was rallying around to ensure the party’s national executive committee deadline to a hold conference before the end of the December was met.
“It’s rush hour. We are still busy with the audits and doing the branch annual general meetings.”
Mapitiza declined to be drawn on the provincial leadership battle but Souther n Cape members say there is currently a split.
One source said: “Most of us support Mcebisi Skwatcha as provincial chair man, because of the relationship he
The ANC’s Boland regional task team co-ordinator, Mika Mahlaule, said they had planned to hold their regional conference this weekend but due to logistical problems had postponed it until next weekend in Tulbagh.
“All 66 branches are in good standing and we are expecting roughly 157 voting delegates from various branches at our conference.”
Mahlaule added that when he was deployed to the Boland there were clearly two factions.
“There are elements of factions but we have been able to contain it,” he said.
At branch level, however, members said they were backing Marius Fransman for provincial chairman.