National 25.8.2016 07:32 am

N West ANC rejects early elective conference call

ANCYL President Collen Maine. Picture: Gallo

ANCYL President Collen Maine. Picture: Gallo

The North West deputy provincial secretary says they do not see how an early conference can solve the party’s problems.

As calls continue to mount within the ANC for an early elective conference, North West has become the first ANC provincial structure to shoot down a proposal by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL).

The league presented the idea of an early ANC elective conference after the party suffered serious setbacks in the recent local government elections.

The ruling party lost powerful metros – including Johannesburg and Tshwane – to the DA.

Yesterday, North West deputy provincial secretary Suzan Dantjie said the party did not see how an early conference could resolve challenges facing the organisation.

She also said President Jacob Zuma should remain president of the country until 2019.

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“It is also worth noting that preparations towards any conference take long,” Dantjie said.

“Between now and December 2017, the ANC must deal with membership realignment and audits.”

Dantjie said the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) must finish its term of office, which runs until the end of 2017.

She also said President Jacob Zuma should remain president of the country until 2019.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the proposal by the ANCYL for an early conference was not a “bad idea”.

“What we need as the ANC between now and 2017 is to focus our structures on policy development and implementation issues, organisational rebranding, repositioning and renewal, as part of unity of purpose within the movement,” Dantjie said.

“The NEC has done an assessment of elections and took a collective responsibility.”

The ANCYL and ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) have openly called for a woman to succeed Zuma as ANC president. Those in the know say the two leagues want the outgoing chairperson of the African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to lead the ANC.

On Tuesday, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the proposal by the ANCYL for an early conference was not a “bad idea” and that it was being discussed by various structures within the ANC.

The SA Communist Party (SACP), which played a role in the ousting of former president Thabo Mbeki, nine months before the end of his term of his second term in 2008, called for unity within the ANC.

However, ANC Gauteng spokesperson Nkenke Kekana said the proposal by the league was not being discussed by the province.

ANC Limpopo spokesperson Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said the party’s provincial executive committee (PEC) had not met to discuss the issue.

“We are going to meet in the next two weeks,” Ntshavheni said.

“The PEC is going to evaluate the outcome of the local government elections and ultimately the way forward.”

The SA Communist Party (SACP), which played a role in the ousting of former president Thabo Mbeki, nine months before the end of his term of his second term in 2008, called for unity within the ANC.

“Any move that will prove to be counter-revolutionary productive will only make matters worse,” SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo said.

– ngwakom@citizen.co.za

 

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