Gauteng ANC to discuss succession debate

2011-10-05 07:22
Johannesburg - The ANC leadership in Gauteng is expected to announce its position regarding the succession debate on Wednesday, two days after claims that some members had begun informal discussions.

A media briefing was scheduled for 10:00, at Walter Sisulu House in Johannesburg, where the Tshwane regional conference would also be discussed.

The party has denied a note was circulated to some branches discussing party leadership ahead of its national elective conference in 2012.

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that Johannesburg and Tshwane party members had begun informal discussions about Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe succeeding President Jacob Zuma.

This also comes hot on the heels of the disbanding of the ANC Youth League provincial executive committee in Kwazulu-Natal, amid claims that it was backing President Jacob Zuma for a second term in office.

Attempts to open succession talks have been shut down by the ANC’s national executive committee. It said such debates were premature, adding that current leaders should be supported in taking forward their mandate until the end of their term in office.

The elective conference takes place next year December.

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