Mantashe disappointed in those pushing rumours of his possible removal

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

At a press conference, ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said the party would be concerned if "things go wrong there because it will impact on us".

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe confirmed on Tuesday that there would be no deadline extensions for provinces lagging behind, but that there would be "a grace period" until the weekend.

The Eastern Cape ANC has been divided following its tense provincial elective conference where a faction lead by Andile Lungisa stormed out of the conference alleging irregulates.

The NEC reflected at length on the Eastern Cape 8th Provincial Conference. Teams have been appointed to attend to disputes in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape, said Mantashe.

He said the REC was expected to continue with its work, which includes the overseeing of branch general meetings and preparation for the upcoming conference.

It's believed that there were differences at the meeting over reports by NEC deployees to the Eastern Cape and the provincial executive committee on the fate of the PEC.

The elective conference, where President Jacob Zuma's successor will emerge, will be held in Johannesburg next month.

At least 5,240 voting delegates are expected at the much awaited conference in Johannesburg in mid-December.

A task team of seven members - four from the national executive committee (NEC) and three "technical" staffers - were assigned to the province to deal with the appeal.

It comes after Mantashe was named in Cyril Ramaphosa's proposed leadership team, should he be elected ANC president.

The NEC has reaffirmed the principle that while no member of the ANC in good standing must be denied an opportunity to participate in the BGMs, to ensure the integrity of our processes, only audited members must vote in the nomination process or be elected as delegates to conference. The four NEC members are Comrades Sbu Ndebele (Chairperson), Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Joyce Moloi-Moropa and Sdumo Dlamini.

At the meeting, the NEC resolved to uphold the decision of the PEC.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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