ANC set to keep 86-member NEC

2012-12-17 13:19

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The ANC will not be streamlining its national executive committee, and has agreed to keep the members to 86.

There was a push to cut the size of the committee back to 60, as it was before the party’s 2007 congress. Some even argued that the number of members should be reduced to 40 to make the committee more effective.

Other constitutional amendments are set to include disciplinary issues (automatic suspension if a member is accused of corruption) and court action against the party (automatic expulsion for members who take the party to court if internal processes haven’t been exhausted).

This morning delegates at the party’s conference in Mangaung discussed amendments to the party’s constitution, following the adoption of credentials.

Credentials relate to whether all the delegates at the congress have been legitimately chosen and it’s necessary to finish the process before congress can make decisions on constitutional amendments, leadership and policy.

There was a heated discussion as to whether delegations from the North West and the Free State should be allowed to attend after courts found there had been irregularities related to how delegates were chosen.

It was eventually decided that the delegates could attend, although in the case of the Free State the provincial executive committee would not be allowed to vote.

Nominations for the party’s top six positions are set to start soon. Journalists were allowed inside the plenary for this reason, but kicked out again when delegates started their discussion on the constitutional amendments.

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