Monday is D-Day for Zuma vs Motlanthe

2012-12-15 21:54

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The winner of the race for the presidency of the ANC will be announced on Monday night, along with the rest of the top six.

According to the conference programme, there will be an open session tomorrow evening at which the nominations for the party’s top six posts will proceed, ahead of Monday’s announcement.

President Jacob Zuma is set to deliver his political report to the ANC’s 53rd national conference at around 9:30am tomorrow.

The report will be his analysis of the party’s performance and the challenges it faces at the end of its first century of existence.

However, there is a likelihood that the adoption of the conference programme and rules will delay proceedings as tensions spill over from today’s NEC meeting and the build-up to conference.

Zuma’s speech, during an open session, will be followed by an organisational report by secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, after which guests and the media will be asked to leave.

There will be a closed sessions in which treasurer-general Mathews Phosa will report to conference, followed by discussion on constitutional amendments.

Following a brief open session on Monday, the conference will take behind closed doors presentations on discussion documents; on the National Development Plan; the census and government’s infrastructure roll-out plan. It then breaks into 16 commissions for further discussion before a final open session at which the results for the top six will be announced.

Tuesday will see more commissions for the entire day, with a session around 9pm at which nominations for the 80-member NEC will take place.

Delegates will vote throughout Wednesday while attending further closed discussions.

On Thursday, after a closed session, the NEC results will be announced and the final conference declaration will be presented.

Conference will be closed by the president.

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