South Africa 6.11.2017 04:00 pm

Mantashe takes aim at Ramaphosa, says he’s not impressed with slate announcements

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe addresses the media after the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting discussing a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma on November 29, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mantashe announced that the NEC did not support the call for President Zuma to resign. (Photo by Gallo Images / Daily Sun / Jabu Kumalo).

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe addresses the media after the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting discussing a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma on November 29, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mantashe announced that the NEC did not support the call for President Zuma to resign. (Photo by Gallo Images / Daily Sun / Jabu Kumalo).

Ramaphosa announced six leaders he wants on his slate should he become the leader of the ANC.

African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on Monday described as unacceptable presidential hopefuls announcing “a lineup of comrades to be elected as officials” during South Africa’s ruling party elective conference in December.

Mantashe’s statement comes after deputy ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa announced Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor as his running mate at an event in the Limpopo province at the weekend.

‘The 2015 National General Council resolved to outlaw slates and reaffirm the role of the branch as the basic unit of the ANC.’

He announced further that his slate would include Senzo Mchunu, who was removed as KwaZulu-Natal Premier last year, as secretary-general, Mantashe as national chairperson and the ANC chairperson in Gauteng, Paul Mashatile, as treasurer-general.

“Such pronouncements are unacceptable, whether comrades have a preference or not and seek to usurp the entrenched right of the branches to nominate candidates of their choosing,” Mantashe said.

“The 2015 National General Council resolved to outlaw slates and reaffirm the role of the branch as the basic unit of the ANC. Accordingly, in implementing this resolution, the NEC directed that we ensure branch nominations are not tampered with and that the will of the branches is reflected and respected.”

Mantashe, who himself was named as being part of Ramaphosa’s slate, called on the party’s leaders to desist from circulating slates.

For more news your way, follow The Citizen on Facebook and Twitter.

today in print

poll