Eastern Cape ANC to push for national consultative conference

2016-09-07 18:18

Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape ANC's provincial executive committee (PEC) has resolved to lobby for a national consultative conference during its meeting on Monday.

ANC leader in the Eastern Cape, Mlibo Qoboshiyana, said the PEC believed that the ANC and the broader mass democratic movement should urgently engage in a robust introspection and "courageously embark on bold strategies to accelerate organisational renewal".

The PEC met at its provincial headquarters in King William's Town.

Qoboshiyana said the PEC had also reflected and welcomed a perspective that matters of leadership succession should be handled with maturity and discipline.

"In this regard, the PEC fully endorsed the notion of outlawing factionalism and slates."

This comes after the ANC Youth League in the Eastern Cape rejected a call by its mother body for an early party elective conference, after the ANC lost key metropolitan municipalities in the 2016 local elections. The provincial ANCYL added that the party must discuss the retirement age of deployment. 

Individual actions of leaders of the ANC tainted the good image of the party as a credible and trustworthy movement to transform the lives of South Africans for the better, Qoboshiyana added. 

He said the PEC appealed to those in leadership positions to decisively tap into their consciences and take the appropriate action.

The resolution followed that of the ANC in Gauteng which also called for a broad ANC-led special national consultative conference.

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