Prov­ince toughs it out in face of fac­tions

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - WARDA MEYER

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.

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