ANC Gauteng meets for ‘crucial’ lekgotla

2010-01-28 11:54

THE ANC in Gauteng will meet at the weekend for a “crucial”

extended provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting to develop a programme of

action for 2010 following the party’s January 8 statement.

Spokesperson Dumisa Ntuli said the lekgotla would be attended by

ANC and alliance structures, as well as senior provincial government officials,

city managers and mayors.

“Guided by the 2010 January 8th statement, the PEC lekgotla will

work on a programme of action in assisting local and provincial government in

strengthening the capacity of government to provide effective and efficient

services to the people,” Ntuli said.

The two-day lekgotla, starting on Friday, will focus on

organisational building and renewal, implementation of the ANC’s election

manifesto priorities, boosting political management, the World Cup and the 2011

local government elections.

Ntuli confirmed that the province’s elective conference would take

place in May, but added that a fixed date would depend on the availability of a

venue.

“The issue of leadership is not going to be discussed now,” he

said. “The decision was taken when the process for lobbying starts, people must

do it in a way that does not vilify others or use money to woo delegates.”

Reports suggest that current chairperson Paul Mashatile will face

stiff competition to retain the position from Gauteng premier and his deputy in

the provincial ANC, Nomvula Mokonyane.

Provincial chairs and secretaries represent their province on the

national executive committee (NEC).

Mashatile would no longer be in the position to do this should he

be toppled in the May election.

Mokonyane, however, was elected directly to the NEC in

Polokwane.

Gauteng secretary David Makhura and his deputy Mandla Nkomfe

reportedly said they would not be available to serve in their current

positions.

Education department official Panyaza Lesufi indicated he had

accepted a nomination for the post of provincial secretary.

Ntuli said “formal” nominations would open in late March or

April.


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