ANC holds list meet­ing be­fore man­i­festo launch

Sunday Tribune - - METRO - SAMKELO MTSHALI [email protected]

THE ANC’S big­wigs de­scended on Dur­ban this week­end for the party’s na­tional list con­fer­ence which will de­ter­mine who makes it on to the list of 200 can­di­dates nom­i­nated to rep­re­sent the party in the Na­tional Assem­bly af­ter the gen­eral elec­tions later this year.

The party held the con­fer­ence in umh­langa, north of Dur­ban, on Fri­day and wrapped it up yes­ter­day be­fore pro­ceed­ing with an ex­tended na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) meet­ing.

To kick-start a week of ANC ac­tiv­i­ties in Dur­ban, the party will cel­e­brate its 107th birth­day on Tues­day at the Oh­lange In­sti­tute in Inanda, which was founded by the ANC’S first pres­i­dent, John Lan­gal­ibalele Dube.

This will be fol­lowed by its elec­tion man­i­festo launch at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium on Satur­day, where 140 000 peo­ple are ex­pected at the sta­dium and its outer fields.

ANC deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral Jessie Duarte said that in com­pil­ing the list they were also look­ing for de­mo­graphic rep­re­sen­ta­tion and gen­der par­ity.

“We are also go­ing to be mak­ing sure that the ANC’S na­tional demo­cratic rev­o­lu­tion­ary gains are rep­re­sented in the peo­ple that are go­ing to be on this list. A truly non-racial list will also have to be the out­come of the dis­cus­sion,” Duarte said.

She said the list would com­prise 200 names, adding that 800 had al­ready been put for­ward.

“The peo­ple with the high­est num­ber of votes tal­lied across the coun­try, which make up 25% of names, will re­main un­touched.

Be­low that, we be­gin to dis­cuss what the needs of the ANC are in the var­i­ous par­lia­ments.

“We look at skills, ex­pe­ri­ence, and we hope that we’ll be able to re­tain at least 50% to 60% of peo­ple with ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing been in Par­lia­ment or leg­is­la­tures be­fore,” Duarte said.

She said all nom­i­na­tions started at branch level and there wasn’t a sin­gle name that had not started at the bot­tom of the party’s demo­cratic pro­cesses.

Yes­ter­day af­ter­noon the ANC’S act­ing na­tional spokesper­son, Dakota Le­goete, said the list was still un­der­go­ing a vet­ting process.

“The list will be re­leased once it has been vet­ted by the NEC, but it will be out in due course,” said Le­goete.

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