ANC leagues to shape up before NGC - Mantashe

2015-04-13 11:19
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Johannesburg - The African National Congress needs its leagues to pull themselves together before the party goes to its national general council (NGC) later this year, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said.

The ANC has had to postpone its NGC to October to give the leagues time to hold elective conferences.

"Because of that we thought we should push the NGC out so that by the time we go to the NGC all our leagues are... in better shape," he told News24.

The ANC Women's League and the ANC Youth League have had problems trying to hold elective conferences, each having to postpone these several times.

The embattled ANC Women's League last week announced that it was once again postponing its elective conference, which was originally meant to be held in 2013.

The conference was meant to be held from April 16 to April 19.

The ANCWL last held an elective conference in 2008. A term lasts for five years and the next conference was meant to be held in 2013.

Factional battles

The women's league is said to be plagued by factionalism and infighting, forcing the ANC to step in to sort things out.

There is fear that the ANCWL could succumb to the same fate as the ANC Youth League.

The ANC disbanded the ANCYL in 2013 and placed a national task team in place to try rebuild its structures.

However, Mantashe said this was not an option.

"It's too late for that. If we do that we give it another year [of] life to a structure that is not elected."

It was time for the ANCWL to elect new leaders and move forward.

Mantashe said the ANCWL conference has been pushed to the end of April. The ANCYL is expected to hold its overdue conference in June and the veterans league in May.

ANC leadership

Talking about the NGC, Mantashe said the party would review policy, as well as account for progress the leadership, which was elected in Mangaung in 2012, has made.

He also said they would consider changes needed to be made in terms of tactics.

"I would imagine that there would be strong suggestion around the issue of energy, there will be strong suggestion around the question of land, strong suggestion about transformation and many other things. So [we will] review and say what can we adapt to accelerate implementation," he said.

Mantashe reiterated that the question of leadership was not up for discussion at the NGC.

"People who talk to leadership in the NGC in the ANC, we know that is mischief and we discount it immediately."

He said during the NGC the momentum towards the next national elective congress starts and the real debate about leadership starts post-NGC.

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