‘No ANC leadership discussion until October’

2012-02-06 16:56

Those who want to talk about leadership in the ANC would have to wait another nine months – until October.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told journalists this afternoon that open discussion of ANC leadership would not be allowed before then. “That can’t be a free for all. There are those who want these leaders to raise their hands. What if you raise your hand and nobody nominates you?” Mantashe said.

“There will be no raising of hands.”

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was previously told off when he called for Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to be elected in Mantashe’s place in December.

Meanwhile time is running out for those who want to make it to the ANC’s elective conference in Mangaung in December.

Mantashe said that the party would start auditing the membership of its branches in June.

This means anybody who joins an ANC branch after the end of May, would not be counted when delegates are selected for the December conference.“Things are happening now. Anybody who joins in August will find that the train has moved on,” he said.

The timeline towards the party’s elective conference is as follows:

» February: discussion documents for the June policy conference to be sent out to branches.
» May: all provinces that are supposed to have their conferences and leadership elections this year, must be done by the end of the month.
» End of May: audits of ANC branches start.
» June 26 to 29: ANC policy conference at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, where policies that are to be formalised at the December conference, will be discussed.
» August: audits of ANC branches finish.
» October: nominations for ANC leadership open.
» December 16 to 20: ANC elective conference in Mangaung. Mantashe said there would be one organising committee for both the policy and the elective conference, and that would be headed by ANC deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise.

Party treasurer-general Mathews Phosa would be responsible for fundraising, spokesperson Jackson Mthembu for media, party head of policy Jeff Radebe for the drafting of the policy documents, NEC member Siphiwe Nyanda for security, and NEC member Lindiwe Zulu for protocol.

The party would convene a special NEC meeting “urgently” to finalise the discussion documents for the policy conference, Mantashe said.

The party’s discussion document on the nationalisation of mines is among these.

Mantashe said there was a summarised version and a full, 600-page version, which the party is considering publishing in book form.

The documents are set to be placed on the party’s website within the next week or two.

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