ANC bans partisan T-shirts

2007-12-12 00:00

In a bid towards maintaining unity at the African National Congress’s crucial elective conference, delegates will be prohibited from wearing T-shirts or other clothing featuring any of the candidates for election to the organisation’s National Executive Committee.

The ANC announced this yesterday in a statement following a meeting of the NEC to conduct a final review of preparations for the ANC’s 52nd National Conference, which takes place in Polokwane from Sunday.

ANC spokesman Smuts Ngonyama said delegates will be barred from displaying or distributing material that is divisive or may promote factionalism.

Ngonyama said the meeting considered the political, organisational and financial reports it is required to present to the conference, as well as the programme and rules, and the logistical arrangements for what is the largest ANC conference to date.

He said the meeting reviewed the secretary-general’s organisation report , which “provides a record of the main programmes, activities and organisational developments since the last national conference … [and] a critical analysis of the achievements, shortcomings, strengths and weaknesses of the organisation.”

He said the report is expected to form the basis for commission discussions on organisational renewal, constitutional amendments and the ANC programme of action to 2012.

“Delegates will also need to demonstrate the discipline and commitment to this task that the structures who mandated them will expect. It is important that participants at conference, whether delegates, observers or guests, desist from any conduct that may be divisive, disruptive or otherwise deviate from the democratic traditions of the movement,” Ngonyama said.

Ngonyama said prohibited clothing includes official ANC T-shirts produced for past election campaigns.

Almost all of the 4 075 voting delegates have registered for the conference. “In addition, the conference will also be attended by 450 non-voting ANC delegates, 135 observers from allied organisations, and 360 local and international guests.”

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