New faces to lead ANC decisions

2013-01-18 14:25

Almost half of the ANC’s newly-elected powerful national working committee (NWC) consists of new faces representing a mix of old faithfuls and rising stars.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told journalists at Luthuli House this afternoon that the party’s national executive committee (NEC) elected these at its meeting outside Pretoria yesterday.

The new faces are: Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, presidential advisor Lindiwe Zulu, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Science Minister Derek Hanekom, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Eastern Cape legislature speaker Fikile Xasa, and Free State MEC Sisi Mabe.

Those re-elected to the NWC are: Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Public Works Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Mining Minister Susan Shabangu, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Monitoring Minister Collins Chabane, deputy speaker in the National Assembly Nomaindia Mfeketo, SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande and Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

Education Minister Angie Motshekga, National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu, ANC veteran Pallo Jordan, Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim, ANC Women’s League secretary-general Sisisi Tolashe and convicted fraudster Tony Yengeni didn’t make the NWC again even though they were re-elected onto the national executive committee (NEC) at the ANC’s Mangaung conference last month.

The ANC’s top six leaders automatically form part of the NWC, which meets every two weeks to take decisions on ANC matters in between NEC meetings and conferences.

Mantashe told journalists that half of the NWC consists of women, as prescribed by the party’s constitution.

“Women were elected on their own merit,” he said, adding that the party did not have to rearrange the list of elected members to accommodate the women.

“As a collective, the NWC will play a pivotal role in processing and implementation of conference decisions,” Mantashe said.

In response to a question, Mantashe said it is expected that the resolutions of last month’s conference would be released next week.

He said ANC structures had to write the resolutions because these weren’t done “only by people who can write”.

He attributes the delay in the release of the documents to the fact that everybody went home “to sit there and drink coffee” after Mangaung over Christmas.

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