KZN now wants 80 on NEC

2012-12-05 00:00

THE KZN ANC has made a U-turn on its policy position regarding the number of members to serve on the party’s national executive committee (NEC).

The province earlier this year proposed that the NEC be reduced to 60 members, but it now wants the current size of the 80-member NEC to remain unchanged.

Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said their change of heart was informed by the debates that took place, particularly with other provinces, on the issue. There was also a realisation that the NEC had to be representative of a broad range of sectors from the different provinces.

Zikalala added that KZN also supported the policy proposal that those nominated to the NEC must have served 10 years in the ANC.

“A person who qualifies to be in the NEC should have served in lower structures of the ANC or alliance with a traceable history,” he said.

Similarly, they support the proposal that regional executive committee members should be elected only after serving seven years in the party.

Zikalala said the province also backed the policy on probation of new members to be increased from eight weeks to six months.

On the proposal to reduce the number of provinces, Zikalala said KZN’s view was that this matter must be thoroughly reviewed and debated. It was too soon to reach a decision at the Mangaung conference.

He added that KZN supported the National Development Plan and wanted it adopted at the conference.

“We want the National Development Plan to be on the agenda so that the national conference can deliberate and adopt it as the long-term plan for the country,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Cape did not discuss policies at its weekend conference.

Provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said there was no reason to panic for their failure to take policy positions.

“The discussions are ongoing. There are recommendations from the party’s policy conference that was held in June,” he said. Mabuyane said that branches were given documents containing policy conference recommendations, which they are working through.

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