ANC top brass de­bate progress

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THE ANC’s national ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) lek­gotla will try to “de­mys­tify” some of the sto­ries about progress in the coun­try, sec­re­tary gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe said yes­ter­day.

“We will try to de­mys­tify anec­do­tal things,” he told re­porters at the St Ge­orge Ho­tel and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, near Pre­to­ria.

“Like with ed­u­ca­tion, there is a lot of work that has been done. It is not just about the (text) book saga.”

He said the lek­gotla would fo­cus on fig­ures and statis­tics to as­sess progress made by the govern­ment near the end of its term.

Mem­bers would also be di­vided into com­mis­sions to­day to fo­cus on spe­cific is­sues.

“We will see what can be done, and what can go into the (elec­tion) man­i­festo.”

He said the ANC’s elec­tion com­mit­tee would re­port to the lek­gotla.

The lek­gotla would not fo­cus on prob­lems, such as the re­moval of Tlokwe mayor Maphetle Maphetle, Man­tashe said.

“This is a lek­gotla, not a nor­mal NEC meet­ing.”

On July 2, DA coun­cil­lor An­nette Com­brink was voted in as Tlokwe’s new mayor, un­seat­ing Maphetle for the sec­ond time since Novem­ber.

In Novem­ber, ANC fac­tions in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity passed a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in Maphetle.

He was re­placed by Com­brink – the first DA mayor in the North West. How­ever, Maphetle was re­turned as mayor in Fe­bru­ary.

Ear­lier, NEC mem­bers min­gled on the lawns out­side the hall at the cen­tre dur­ing a break.

Min­is­ters and al­liance part­ners hugged and joked, while oth­ers merely stood in the win­ter sun.

Af­ter the break, ANC spokesman Jack­son Mthembu sum­moned them in­side, say­ing “the lead­er­ship is call­ing”.

The lek­gotla is sched­uled to end to­day. – Sapa

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