WC to an­nounce ANC can­di­date

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TO­DAY the ANC West­ern Cape will host its pro­vin­cial gen­eral coun­cil where they will an­nounce which can­di­date its branches have cho­sen for top posts ahead of the party’s na­tional con­fer­ence.

Re­gions across the prov­ince have had to give up on a few of their branches hold­ing their meet­ings due to fail­ure to reach a quo­rum.

Fail­ure for all branches to host their cru­cial BGMs means the num­ber of del­e­gates sent by the prov­ince to the elec­tive con­fer­ence in three week’s time will re­duce.

The West­ern Cape, at 182, is al­ready send­ing the low­est num­ber of del­e­gates.

To­day’s meet­ing will see IEC of­fi­cials crack­ing open sealed boxes from five re­gions which would have drawn up lists of their pre­ferred can­di­dates for the top six po­si­tions.

In the West­ern Cape the race has been be­tween Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa and for­mer head of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, with Ramaphosa lead­ing in votes.

The party’s act­ing chair­per­son, Khaya Ma­gaxa, said at­tempts were made all week for the re­main­ing branches who strug­gled with host­ing their meet­ings to sit and meet the dead­lines.

They would go ahead with the num­bers they had.

“Most of th­ese branches that are pend­ing have a high num­ber of mem­ber­ships and they are strug­gling to reach the 50% plus one fig­ure that will en­able them to quo­rate,” he said.

“And as there are no pro­vi­sions for branches who have been try­ing to get to half plus one of their mem­bers to come to th­ese meet­ings, there is no op­tion but to let them not be in­cluded. This was the last ex­ten­sion that had been given to us by the NEC.

“If all th­ese branches that are out­stand­ing fail to quo­rate, we will go to con­fer­ence with­out them.”

Themba Te­bele, sec­re­tary of the Over­berg Re­gion, said they were the first re­gion in the prov­ince to com­plete their meet­ings.

Of their 24 branches, 23 sat and con­cluded.

“The one branch that had not sat, we had al­ready tried five times to get them to sit but be­cause of the de­mar­ca­tion issues, that branch in­cludes two ar­eas that are about 80km apart so it was a chal­lenge get­ting ev­ery­one to­gether in or­der for the meet­ing to quo­rate,” he said.

In the West Coast, the re­gion’s spokesper­son, Sammy Claassen, said they also had two of their biggest branches fail­ing to sit.

“Of­fi­cially we have con­cluded but two of our big branches, Clan­william and Lam­bert’s Bay, which is the biggest in the re­gion, did not sit,” he said.

“It is a chal­lenge to get peo­ple to at­tend meet­ings and reach a quo­rum.”

The Boland’s chair­per­son, Pat Mar­ran, said they had about 15 branches out­stand­ing and that at­tempts would be made un­til the cut-off time for them to sit.

“In the Boland it is a two-way race be­tween NDZ and CR17, we will see once those bal­lot boxes are bro­ken on Sun­day and the of­fi­cial num­bers are con­sol­i­dated who the branches chose and the prov­ince will an­nounce that,” he added.

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