Mantashe: Compiling list was a painstaking process

2014-01-28 13:59
Gwede Mantashe (Picture: Sapa)

Gwede Mantashe (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Compiling the ANC's list of candidates for Parliament and the legislatures was a painstaking process, party Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.

"It is not a question of leadership locking themselves in a room... we go through a painstaking process," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"The conference was the culmination of a massive exercise in participatory democracy involving ANC members in thousands of branches throughout the country over a number of months."

Mantashe said that deploying experienced ANC members to local government would strengthen this sphere of government.

"The NEC [national executive committee] agreed with the principle of deployment of former ministers, deputies, members of Parliament, premiers, MECs, MPLs and even former presidents and their deputies to strengthen local government," he told reporters in Johannesburg.

"The NEC deliberated at length on the need to strengthen local government as a critical sphere that is experiencing challenges of service delivery."

Mantashe said these experienced members would be deployed to local governments that were not performing well.

He said there should be no problem with a former minister being a mayor of a "small dorpie" and there was nothing wrong with President Jacob Zuma, when he retires, to be on the local council in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

ANC candidates

Mantashe was briefing the media after the ANC's national executive committee's two-day lekgotla and its list conference which were held in Pretoria at the weekend.

Mantashe held up two books which he said had the names of the party's candidates. However, these lists were not distributed to the media.

He did confirm that Zuma was number one on the list followed by party deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Mantashe said the list had been sent to the national list committee to check it.

"The national list committee doesn't just rubber-stamp what's brought to it," he said.

He said the ANC would release the list after it had registered it with the Independent Electoral Commission.

- SAPA
Read more on:    anc  |  cyril ramaphosa  |  gwede mantashe  |  jacob zuma  |  johannesburg  |  elections 2014  |  politics
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