ANC holding key NEC meeting

2009-05-29 11:08

Johannesburg - The ANC starts its regular quarterly national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Friday, shortly after a three-day Cabinet lekgotla was held to map the newly elected government's way forward.

The meeting starts in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, on Friday morning and ends on Sunday.

"This is the quarterly meeting of the ANC NEC which would look at the outcome of the elections and also look at the lekgotla decisions," said ANC spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi.

He said the ANC leadership would "recommend short-term activities of the ANC".

"That is an immediate programme of action," said Mnisi.

Key priorities

The ANC earlier this week said it would follow the Cabinet lekgotla closely to see how the government implemented the ruling party election manifesto, which identified several key priorities for the state.

These were crime, education, rural development, land and agrarian reform, creation of decent work and sustainable livelihoods, health and education.

ANC spokesperson Jessie Duarte said one of the party's main concerns was improving health services.

"Of concern to the ANC is government's success in implementing the five-year National Health Insurance System (NHIS), because of the impact it would have on the poor.

"The NHIS also seeks to ensure government's intervention in the high cost of health provision," said Duarte.

Private and public sector doctors were striking on Friday to protest against low wages and pricing regulations.

A press briefing would be held at the end of the NEC meeting on Sunday, said Mnisi.