ANC ready for Mangaung, says Mantashe

2012-12-05 00:00

EVERYTHING is on track for the ANC’s congress in Mangaung in two weeks’ time, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said yesterday.

He told journalists at a briefing in Luthuli House that seven provincial nominations conferences and three by the leagues in the past 10 days went off without “chaos”, contrary to media reports.

The conferences in Limpopo and the Western Cape, which collapsed because of “disruptions” and “disagreements at the level of the provincial executive committee” respectively, will be re-run today.

If they still fail to nominate, the provinces can do so from the floor, he said.

“The beauty of nominations is that it is not elections,” he said, implying the process for nominations is less rigorous than for elections.

Branches that haven’t yet conducted their branch general meetings have been given until Friday to do so.

Mantashe said the party’s special national executive committee meeting yesterday was aimed at finalising preparations for Mangaung.

He said no complaints had been received from the Eastern Cape, where a group opposed to President Jacob Zuma alleged there were ghost delegates.

He also said no complaints had been received from the North West, which only finalised nominations yesterday morning, after three days of trying.

As the press conference was happening, some disgruntled members from the province were waiting outside to lodge their complaints.

Mantashe said the NEC meeting decided, after much debate, that the political report, delivered by Zuma, and the organisational report, delivered by Mantashe, would be open to journalists on the first day of the congress.

Nominations and the announcements of the leadership election results will be open too, he said.

“We want you to hear it from the horse’s mouth rather than get speculation reported,” he said.

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