ANC fallout over resolutions

2012-07-06 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Discord is growing within the ANC because the official versions of resolutions from last week’s ANC policy conference in Midrand have still not been published.

The resolutions, which have to serve as recommendations for the governing party’s national conference in Mangaung in December, are being delayed in the wording committee, whose role is simply to ensure correct language usage and terminology, and not to tamper with the wording.

Leading ANC sources confirmed on inquiry yesterday that there is growing concern that in the absence of an official record, differences might arise within the organisation about what exactly had been decided.

It is feared that opportunists could grasp the opportunity to manipulate the records to suit their own purposes, and that with the passing of time even those who were present at the discussions might begin to doubt what exactly had been resolved.

The uncertainty is spawning many rumours, including that the delays in the publication of the documents are due to disagreements in the wording committee.

On inquiry yesterday and on Tuesday, ANC spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi confirmed only that the wording committee was still tidying up the documents.

Both Cosatu and the ANC Youth League have already used the opportunity to claim that reports on some of the policy proposals are incorrect.

The absence of a generally accepted official version of resolutions means that interpretations are being played off against one another, and there is concern that the situation could continue until December.

The only official feedback to date has been the cursory information provided by leading figures in the ANC during media sessions at the conference.

Some sources who have been leaking information from policy discussions on condition of confidentiality are already saying that the information provided at the media sessions do not tell the full story.

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