Re­gions pre­pare to vote on ANC pro­vin­cial lead­ers

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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.

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