The ANC’s NEC weekend: All the key highlights

Secretary-general of the ANC Gwede Mantashe at their 2016 NEC meeting in Irene on August 14 2016. Picture: Michel Bega

Secretary-general of the ANC Gwede Mantashe at their 2016 NEC meeting in Irene on August 14 2016. Picture: Michel Bega

Universities won’t be getting fee increases, the ANC did not spend R1bn on elections and the DA jumped the gun in Nelson Mandela Bay.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe gave feedback to the media at the end of the party’s four-day meeting in Irene, Gauteng, after the party’s national executive committee (NEC) spent four days analysing the results in the recent municipal elections.

Here are some of the most important points Mantashe mentioned:

  • He denied that the ANC had spent R1 billion on the elections. “It was not even half a billion.”
  • He confirmed there had been no proposal from the floor for President Jacob Zuma to step down.
  • As for the EFF’s demand for Zuma to step down, he said the ANC would enter any coalition through a process of engagement in which it made clear what it would be willing to do, and what not. Zuma stepping down was not part of what was on the table.
  • He said the party was working on a national coalition agreement with the African Independent Congress. Any agreement would not be limited to one particular municipality.
  • The party would be taking steps to change the perception of being arrogant, self-serving, corrupt and distant from the party’s voter base.
  • It would travel nationwide to deal with people’s issues and take measures to deal with members who had manipulated councillor list processes.
  • The 27 hung municipalities where the ANC failed to achieve an outright majority had dominated its attention, particularly the metros of Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Nelson Mandela Bay.
  • As for coalitions, the ANC would cooperate with other parties that shared the ANC’s agenda of social transformation.
  • They would take steps to bring stability to state-owned companies “such as SAA, the SABC and Eskom. Relevant government deployees are expected to report on these matters at the next NEC meeting.” Mantashe denied knowing anything about state capture at Eskom and other parastatals.
  • The “principle of no fee increases in tertiary institutions should remain in place to give chance to a consultative engagement with all stakeholders in order to arrive at an economically viable and affordable cost of higher education”.
  • Mantashe said a delegation of the ANC “of five NEC members” had met with the EFF and other parties to talk about coalitions. “It’s not just the EFF, it’s all parties. We met the AIC [African Independent Congress] this morning; we are meeting as many parties as we can.”
  • Mantashe repeated his call for the IEC’s formula for calculating proportional representation to be reconsidered, and it would be important to compare South Africa with countries that also used similar systems – but the ANC was not asking for the last election outcomes to be changed.
  • He said the DA had been presumptive to declare that they would know who would emerge as a mayor in any hung municipality, such as in Nelson Mandela Bay.


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