ANC to vet over 800 party mem­bers ahead of elec­tions

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THE AFRICAN Na­tional Con­gress will vet over 800 party mem­bers to see who is and who is not el­i­gi­ble for elec­tion to var­i­ous leg­is­la­tures in this year’s gen­eral elec­tions, the ANC said yes­ter­day

The ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) has been meet­ing at the Coast­lands Ho­tel in Umh­langa, Dur­ban since Fri­day to dis­cuss the var­i­ous nom­i­na­tions lists re­ceived from ANC branches across the coun­try.

ANC act­ing spokesman Zizi Kodwa said yes­ter­day the names would now be re­viewed, with those that “sow divi­sion” or have crim­i­nal records, among other things, ex­pected to be re­moved from the lists.

Once this process was over, the names would be for­warded to the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of South Africa (IEC) in the run up to the elec­tions sched­uled for May.

“The pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives must know they are cho­sen and did not choose them­selves. The list must be electable. They must en­hance the in­tegrity of the ANC.

“This con­fer­ence was not about adding or re­mov­ing. It was about re­ceiv­ing lists from branches. The vet­ting might mean re­mov­ing names, lit­er­ally, be­cause there is a means test.

“[This test] will in­clude crim­i­nal records, those who have a his­tory of sow­ing di­vi­sions, peo­ple who have been to dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tees of the ANC, and peo­ple who can’t pass the test of in­tegrity for the ANC,” said Kodwa.

Joint act­ing spokesman Dakota Le­goete said var­i­ous “con­sul­ta­tive pro­cesses” would take place to make sure the list in­cor­po­rated “non-racial­ism, non-sex­ism, a gen­er­a­tional mix, in­tegrity, po­lit­i­cal acu­men, and ex­per­tise”.

“There is no doubt that the ANC’S list process is the most com­pre­hen­sive and trans­par­ent in South Africa’s po­lit­i­cal ter­rain, guided by a set of guide­lines that en­sure in­ter­nal democ­racy. The guide­lines en­sure that the core val­ues of the ANC are re­flected in the cal­i­bre of peo­ple who get nom­i­nated to be­come the ANC’S pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives in par­lia­ment and pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­tures,” said Le­goete.

While a re­cently re­leased poll un­der­taken by re­search out­fit Ip­sos polled the ANC at 61 per­cent sup­port, the party would still need to con­vince vot­ers and make sure those elected to the list were in fact voted in to na­tional par­lia­ment and pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­tures, he said.

On Jan­uary 8, the ANC’S 107th an­niver­sary, Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa will de­liver the tra­di­tional an­nual ANC state­ment out­lin­ing the party’s ob­jec­tives and suc­cesses. This will be held at the Oh­lange In­sti­tute at Inanda in Dur­ban. On Jan­uary 12, the ANC will un­veil its elec­tions man­i­festo at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium, also in Dur­ban. – ANA

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