ANC mum on can­di­date

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WHILE ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Za­mani Saul has been elected num­ber one on the ANC Prov­ince to Prov­ince list, the party yes­ter­day de­nied that he was be­ing punted as its can­di­date for premier of the North­ern Cape.

ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Deshi Ngxanga evaded ques­tions dur­ing a press brief­ing yes­ter­day re­gard­ing whether Premier Sylvia Lu­cas would be retained un­til next year’s na­tional gen­eral elec­tions.

Two-thirds ma­jor­ity

“We will nom­i­nate the premier can­di­date if we win the elec­tions, of which we are con­fi­dent of tak­ing a two-thirds ma­jor­ity,” said Ngxanga.

ANC Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­ber Collen Maine had in Septem­ber called for Lu­cas to be re­moved due to the res­o­lu­tion taken at the 2017 pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence that she should va­cate of­fice.

Ngxanga said that Marup­ing Lek­wene, Fufe Maka­tong, Bent­ley Vass and Mac Jack were nom­i­nated, along with Saul, as the top five Prov­ince to Prov­ince list can­di­dates, which would en­ti­tle them to po­si­tions in the North­ern Cape Pro­vin­cial Leg­is­la­ture.

“Can­di­dates will be put through a thor­ough screen­ing process to en­sure that they have the cor­rect skills, qual­i­fi­ca­tions, ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge for the job. If can­di­dates have se­ri­ous crim­i­nal charges against them, in­clud­ing rape, mur­der or cor­rup­tion, they will not be con­sid­ered. If they are in­sol­vent, they will not be trusted to deal with pub­lic funds.”

Ngxanga added that the ANC pro­vin­cial list con­fer­ence would take place as planned on De­cem­ber 9 in Uping­ton.

This is de­spite an up­com­ing court case that is sched­uled to be heard in the North­ern Cape High Court on Fri­day to in­ter­dict the pro­vin­cial list con­fer­ence from pro­ceed­ing.

“We are con­fi­dent of win­ning the court case be­cause the ap­pli­ca­tion is based on ma­li­cious, ul­te­rior mo­tives. The ANC will never be dis­banded and we will serve our full term of of­fice. It is a lie that the nom­i­na­tion process is be­ing ma­nip­u­lated.”

He added that af­ter the pro­vin­cial list con­fer­ence all de­part­ments would be ex­pected to fo­cus on ser­vice de­liv­ery is­sues in the Sol Plaatje mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict.

CON­FI­DENT: Pic­ture: So­raya Crowie

ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Deshi Ngxanga dur­ing a press brief­ing at the ANC of­fice yes­ter­day.

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