Province toughs it out in face of factions
THE ANC’S provincial task team has been quick to squash rumours about an impending stand-off between Mcebisi Skwatsha and Marius Fransman for post of provincial chairman.
“At present there’s no indication as different regions have different preferences,” said the party’s Western Cape spokesman, Mandla Dlamini.
“The election commission will be starting this week to collect nomination for ms for regional leadership and provincial leadership, and that will give us a sense of the possible candidates. Remember there is a provision in the ANC constitution for nominations from the floor, and that might change the balance of forces.”
Dlamini said the date for the provincial conference would be provided by the national executive council.
“Our mandate is to hold the conference this year and we are ready.”
Regarding the factionalism in the provincial party, Dlamini said: “The factions were not in Dullah Omar alone, they are entrenched all over the province. We are winning and even the members of those camps are working together.
“Those individuals who are trying to create problems are finding their missions are collapsing. More comrades who were disgruntled are now par- ticipating in full force.
“Only small factions remain and we are here to show them the way by implementing the rules of the organisation. There is no place to hide for those who have an agenda of creating factions.”
Vicious in-fighting in the provincial ANC led to the party’s provincial executive being disbanded last year and Luthuli House replaced it with a provincial task team.
ANC Western Cape co-ordinator Ndleleni Duma would not comment on speculation about the provincial leadership, but added that after months in the hot-seat, factionalism still existed.
“We are not moving beyond factionalism, it’s not a problem just in the Western Cape but all over. We need to develop a new structure or programme to address this phenomenon. It will not happen overnight.”
Referring to claims that the ANC leadership battle would be fought on the same racial lines that distinguished the Ebrahim Rasool / Mcebisi Skwatsha term, Duma said as a matter of policy it did not matter whether the next provincial leader came from Mitchells Plain or Gugulethu. “The party sees no difference.
“You can lead us as the ANC irrespective of who you are or where you come from.”
Duma said the NEC had not changed or extended the deadline for the provincial conference, so it would have to go ahead by the end of the year.
“The ANC is not going on holiday this December.”
The critical issues relating to the provincial conference were logistical, “the nitty-gritty of where and when”, he said.