ANC conference soon

2017-04-19 06:01
The provincial ANC secretary, Zamani Saul, with Naledi Gaosekwe ­du-ring the announcement of the new date for the ANC provincial confe-rence.Photo: Boipelo Mere

The provincial ANC secretary, Zamani Saul, with Naledi Gaosekwe ­du-ring the announcement of the new date for the ANC provincial confe-rence.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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The ANC in the Northern Cape has finally set a date for its long awaited provincial conference to be held in Colesberg.

A decision was finally made to host the eighth provincial confe-rence from Thursday, 11 May to Sunday, 14 May, in the Pixley ka Seme District.

This date was decided as several districts still have to reconvene their nomination lists.

The new date was announced by the ANC provincial secretary of the Northern Cape, Zamani Saul, on Wednesday (12/04).

During the announcement he said: “We are ready to have the congress even tomorrow.”

This will be the biggest provincial conference ever to be hosted, with 180 branches participating.

So far, 149 branches passed verification and 31 branches still have to reconvene their nomination branch meetings.

The announcement follows the delay in the provincial conference.

This was due to the delays in the verification process and disputes raised by branch members.

National auditing attended to the disputes and addressed it over a period of three weeks, after which all districts were revisited.

The conference was supposed to have been hosted from 8 to 12 March.

According to Saul, the go-ahead was signed-off by the secretary general of the ANC during a special provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting held on Tuesday, 11 April.

Saul confirmed cloning of membership as the cause of the delay.

A task team of the regional executive committee (REC) will retrieve the outstanding information from branches.

The reconvening of the nomination branch meetings were supposed to commence after the Easter Weekend, when the national executive committee (NEC) will be given two weeks to resolve everything.

“The PEC decided that it would be helpful to the process to allow the NEC deployees time to attend to other outstanding matters.

“The PEC also resolved that the 31 nomination branch meetings to be reconvened, must be overseen by a team to be constituted of NEC deployees.

“The same team will attend to the outstanding disputes in the Frances Baard District regarding the issue of duplicated members in eight branches of the ZF Mgcawu District,” Saul said.

Most of the discrepancies are pinned on the ZF Mgcawu, the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) and the Frances Baard District.

In the ZF Mgcawu District, 35 branches are reported to have convened nomination meetings, whereas 24 passed and three branches will reconvene their branch nomination meetings, and eight branches will be reaudited.

Elaborating on the decision to reaudit the eight branches, Saul said it was due to the duplication of membership across these branches.

“Six of the eight branches with duplicated membership tentatively passed the verification, but the final decision on their status is pending on the outcome of the reaudit.

“The audit committee disco-vered that what we call cloning of membership has happened in the identified branches.

“The same names appear on the lists of two branches at the same time,” Saul said.

In the JTG District, 31 branch nomination meetings took place, of which 18 passed the audit and ten were disqualified due to irregularities.

According to the provincial secretary, two branches will be reaudited and a decision is pending on the status of one branch.

“In total 13 branches in the region will reconvene their nomination branch meetings.”

In the Frances Baard District, 48 branch nomination meetings took place.

“Information of only 39 branches was submitted for verification, of which all passed the verification.

“Information from nine branch nomination meetings is still outstanding and is held by the NEC members who were deployed to conduct the branch nomination meetings.

“The NEC deployees and the PEC will do everything possible to retrieve these branch nomination packages.

“If unsuccessful the nine affected branches will have to reconvene their nomination meetings.”

In the Pixley ka Seme District, 41 branch nomination meetings were verified and 39 passed.

Two branches that failed the verification process will have to reconvene their branch nomination meetings.

In the Namakwa District 27 branch nomination meetings were verified and 23 passed.

The four branches that failed the verification process will have to reconvene their branch nomination meetings.

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