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Western Cape ANC conference delayed

2011-02-11 19:04

Cape Town - The start of the ANC's repeatedly postponed Western Cape provincial conference was itself delayed on Friday.

By 18:00, three hours after the originally scheduled start time, no more than a handful of the 720 expected voting delegates had arrived at Cape Town's International Convention Centre.

Registration was taking place in Gugulethu, some 15km away.

A senior party member said he expected the conference would get underway later on Friday night, but only after delegates had attended the dinner being prepared for them in a hall next to the conference venue.

President Jacob Zuma is to address the gathering on Saturday morning.

The conference is expected to see the election of a provincial leader to take the place of Ebrahim Rasool, axed from the post by the party's national leadership in 2008.

Since 2009 the province has been run by a caretaker leadership with a mandate to heal the internal rifts which have cost the party the province and the City of Cape Town.

Former provincial secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha and deputy minister of international relations Marius Fransman are said to be the front runners for the leadership.

The conference is taking place without voting delegates from the province's largest region, Dullah Omar, which covers the city.

The region was unable to hold its conference before the provincial meeting.

Comments
  • epherb - 2011-02-11 19:28

    No surprises there!

  • roadvark - 2011-02-11 20:19

    hahahaha they are wasting their time and money. In for a big hiding.

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-02-12 16:49

      No, they are wasting their time and our money. And that is their biggest problem. They think they lost the province because their leadership troubles, in reality they lost the province because the people got sick of their non-delivery and racist policies.

  • mengelbrecht1 - 2011-02-11 20:23

    It's been delayed for 2 years now!!

  • Macho Mike - 2011-02-11 23:07

    Eish, but this African time, she does pass by slowly.Hurry with the free KFC, and then you will see, the conference getting down to da busizess end.

  • Bonzo - 2011-02-12 01:50

    My word. And these people want to govern Cape Town and the Western Cape, yet their oldest, most significant, biggest branch, the Duh Omar Branch, won't be represented because they failed to get organised in time! Sheesh! Bring it on! chomp, slurp.

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