Motlanthe at KZN lekgotla

2014-02-18 00:00

DEPUTY President Kgalema Motlanthe quietly slipped into the province on Sunday to address the issues of ANC provincial leaders, public representatives, alliance partners and deployees in government at a closed meeting.

The meeting took place at the ANC’s lekgotla aimed at developing ways of implementing the manifesto that was launched at the party’s anniversary celebrations in January.

Provincial spokesperson Senzo Mkhize said Kgalema’s visit had not been kept a secret.

“Nothing was hidden. We don’t wake up in the morning and hold an event like other parties,” he said. “We are a mass-based organisation and we don’t communicate every other issue. It [lekgotla] is a process and when we are ready we can communicate the resolutions.”

Motlanthe was last in the province for the launch of the HIV-Aids report on South Africa in January. He has rarely been in the province in his capacity as an ANC leader since the Mangaung elective conference, where he challenged and lost to President Jacob Zuma for the top position in the ANC.

Yesterday afternoon, the commissions at the lekgotla were still discussing issues, and the resolutions had yet to made.

He said the strategies and programmes that were discussed were geared at ensuring a conducive climate for the implementation of the manifesto.

The lekgotla is held just days before the province holds its own and Premier Senzo Mchunu delivers his State of the Province Address (Sopa), where he will chart the programme of the provincial government for the year.

The Sopa will be preceded by a government lekgotla to take stock of the work done by provincial government.

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