ANC struc­tures to de­lib­er­ate on elec­tion losses, early con­fer­ence

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JOHANNESBURG — Sev­eral ANC branches will de­lib­er­ate on the Au­gust elec­tion re­sults this week­end as well as a call put for­ward by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) for an early elec­tive con­fer­ence.

The league made the sug­ges­tion fol­low­ing the party’s dis­mal show­ing at the 2016 lo­cal gov­ern­ment polls, which re­sulted in the rul­ing party los­ing con­trol of three ma­jor met­ros in the coun­try. The league said in or­der for the ANC to re­gen­er­ate, it needed to elect new and young lead­ers. A call Mpumalanga has said it would sup­port if it meant unit­ing the ANC.

“What’s of in­ter­est to this prov­ince is the unity of the ANC, that is para­mount and if an early con­fer­ence re­stores this, then so be it,” said Mpumalanga pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Mandla Ndlovu.

Though no of­fi­cial pro­nounce­ment has been made by the prov­ince, Ndlovu said it would get be­hind any plan that helps both the ANC and coun­try.

“If it fur­ther di­vides the ANC then there is no need for a con­fer­ence.”

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal and Gaut­eng will sit down to de­lib­er­ate on sev­eral mat­ters this week­end, with the lat­ter meet­ing na­tional ANC lead­ers in the quest for an­swers to what went wrong. The ANC in Gaut­eng is still reel­ing from los­ing two of its big met­ros in the polls.

When the mat­ter of the con­fer­ence is brought up, it will be dis­cussed and the ANC will com­mu­ni­cate its po­si­tion, said spokesper­son Nkenke Kekana.

“Gaut­eng has other is­sues to fo­cus on, but if it’s placed on the ta­ble we’ll dis­cuss it,” he said.

The North­ern Cape’s Za­mani Saul said the ANC would assess the prob­a­bil­ity of a spe­cial con­fer­ence when it meets in two weeks’ time.

Free State and Lim­popo hold sim­i­lar views on the mat­ter, both more con­cerned about the lo­gis­tics around such a ven­ture.

Lim­popo’s Nocks Se­abe high­lighted what an agree­ment on the de­ci­sion would mean.

“Early means bring­ing for­ward a pol­icy con­fer­ence to De­cem­ber so the spe­cial con­fer­ence can take place in Jan­uary. It’s lo­gis­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble to pre­pare for all this in two months,” he told News24.

The Free State’s Wil­liam Bal­wane ques­tioned the league’s mo­tive, claim­ing that he didn’t un­der­stand what in­formed the call by the party’s young li­ons.

“Im­pos­si­bil­ity, rush­ing the process could also col­lapse it be­cause peo­ple are fight­ing for po­si­tions. What about prov­inces, BGMs (branch gen­eral meet­ings) and the au­dit­ing of branches?” he asked.

The Western Cape has al­ready held its pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing and doesn’t sup­port the call for an early con­fer­ence, es­pe­cially be­cause of the im­pact on prepa­ra­tions and lo­gis­tics for the na­tional pol­icy con­fer­ence that usu­ally pre­cedes the na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence.

The Umkhonto weSizwe Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion (MKMVA), which has sided with the league on a num­ber of is­sues in the ANC in the past, said 2017 was around the cor­ner and that it would be point­less at­tempt­ing to rush the process.

“The time is now, we’d rather wait for the con­fer­ence and get all the nec­es­sary things in place,” said Masech­aba Mot­loung, an NEC mem­ber of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to ru­mours cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia, the ANC Women’s League is be­hind the young li­ons’ call. How­ever, both or­gan­i­sa­tions have de­nied this ac­cu­sa­tion.

Speak­ing to News24, Matuba Meokgo, the sec­re­tary gen­eral of the women’s league, said now was not the time to fo­cus on is­sues of lead­er­ship but re­view­ing the ANC. “The ma­jor­ity of our poli­cies need to be re­viewed, es­pe­cially around is­sues im­pact­ing women and chil­dren,” she said.

Meokgo said those mak­ing calls for an early con­fer­ence were pro­mot­ing fac­tion­al­ism within the ANC.

“A wedge is be­ing cre­ated by some peo­ple who don’t view the league as a leader in so­ci­ety. Now is the time for us to fo­cus on the ANC.” — Sapa

Mandla Ndlovu

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