'ANC more than ready for Mangaung'

2012-12-04 21:42

Johannesburg - Bar two new provincial nomination conferences and some branch general meeting (BGM) reruns, the ANC is "more than ready" for its upcoming national conference, it said on Tuesday.

"It's going to be an exciting conference," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told reported in the lobby of the party's headquarters.

The Western Cape and Limpopo will on Wednesday hold their provincial nomination conferences again, after both collapsed at the weekend.

This followed a decision by the party's national executive committee (NEC) on Monday to finalise preparations for the national conference in Mangaung later this month.

If the provinces fail to hold successful conferences they will forfeit the right to nominate candidates that way and will have to nominate candidates from the floor at Mangaung.

The ANC said six NEC members would be sent to the Western Cape and six to Limpopo to facilitate the conference reruns.

NEC members would also attend the nomination conferences so they could readily confirm nominations.

Some branches had been directed to rerun their BGMs because of problems and had until Friday to do so.

"So we are not having an open season for BGMs... only those BGMs that have been directed to rerun," said Mantashe.

Party members at the provincial conferences were meant to select candidates to stand for leadership posts at the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung.

Besides Limpopo and Western Cape, North West's conference was also in danger of failing over factional discord about whether to support a "top six" team led by President Jacob Zuma, or by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who hold the same positions within the ANC.

In the North West, issues about the verification of branch delegates and a parallel conference were raised and a new conference at a new venue with both factions was held.

Mantashe said the North West's nominations were considered finalised.


He condemned an attack on North West provincial secretary Kabelo Mataboge, who was shot at in Mmabatho on Friday, and hoped the police would bring the culprits to book.

In spite of the tumult, Mantashe predicted that the Mangaung conference would be "stable", with no rowdiness.

"There is nothing that points to rowdiness in Mangaung," he said.

He could not predict whether there would be a motion from the floor to let expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema back into the ANC.

"It's not for me [to decide], it's [for] the floor, and I'm not the floor."

Mantashe also said any prearranged outcome at the conference was not possible.

"It wouldn't happen."

If it was possible, the ANC would only have had "three or four presidents" in its 100-year history, instead of the current 13, he said.

There would be lobbying attempts though.

Mantashe said making nominations from the floor at Mangaung was a way of changing the existing nominations.

"If your nomination is defeated, you have another chance to put up your nomination and put up 25% of support, so there is no train smash."

He did not want to talk about the Free State, where six disgruntled members are challenging the composition of the provincial executive committee.

An anticipated 4 500 voting delegates are expected to attend the conference, as are 850 media, workers and local and international guests.

Logistical arrangements were in place.

According to the programme adopted by the NEC, Zuma's political report and Mantashe's organisational will be delivered during an open session on the first day.

The financial report and constitutional amendments will be made in the first closed session of the conference.

The nominations and the announcements of election results of both the national officials and additional members of the NEC will be conducted by the Independent Electoral Commission and an elections agency, also in open sessions.


  • morris.khunou - 2012-12-04 21:54

    Great!!! This will be indeed exciting! I cant wait!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-05 05:56

      Hold your breath...

      mholthuysen - 2012-12-05 09:54

      Yes more chair throwing... can't wait either... beats all comedies, dramas and reality TV shows - we should pay TV Licenses just for the entertainment the clowns of cANCer are providing....

  • paul.mciver1 - 2012-12-04 21:57

    "bar this and that and the next thing means "LESS THAN READY!"

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-12-04 22:04

    Does anyone knows, how many police officers were on duty at DA Conference and how many police officers will be on duty at the ANC Conference??? just asking.

      sizwe.zuma.96 - 2012-12-05 07:58

      @ oom.kaspaas.5 ANC has it own guide line on how to handle their conferences they been diong this for about 100years so whether you're pleased or not, they going to have a successful violence conference bisides your wishes.

  • Yosi Sesoana - 2012-12-04 22:18

    comparing da n anc eish

  • isaiah.seletisha - 2012-12-04 22:29

    Limpopo PEC is a product of robbery,unfortunately they can't do the same with NEC.

  • maruis.kleynhans - 2012-12-04 22:50

    Did you tick the 'blue label' and 'cake' box today? Now you can't have any cANCer gathering without enough of those two boxes. Even you are not allowed to eat the cake in front of hunger people.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-05 07:41

    For the conference I hear that K*C are organising a new product called SalmonellANC. Maybe Nando's can come up with something more exposive to assist in the RUNNING at the conference. That should result in some tender applications, and a lot more sh*t.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-12-05 07:57

    Some 4500 delegates to represent some 25 million voters !! Dont forget these delegates are hand picked loyalists from party structures who wish to continue to hold office and will not necessarily vote for the right or best person as the party leader.

  • sizwe.zuma.96 - 2012-12-05 08:13

    The funniest part about haters of ANC or DA is that they always expect each other to fail. Well good luck in hating others just because they have defferent views from yours. When you shouting for DA or ANC, who is shouting for south african.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-05 08:20

      sizwe: you may find the answer to your question in another question.....Who is NOT shouting to feather their own nest?

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-05 08:17

    Hope they have organized enough chairs to hurl around!!!

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