WC to announce ANC candidate
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.