Warren Mabona
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30 Sep 2014
2:58 pm

Sparks expected to fly at ANC conference this weekend

Warren Mabona

Sparks are expected to fly at the Gauteng ANC conference this weekend when the organisation will elect a new leadership.

ANC provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile and Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: Alaister Russell.

The conference will start on Friday and conclude on Sunday at the St George Hotel in Irene, outside Pretoria.

The crux of the matter might be the issue of the two centres of power involving the incumbent chairperson Paul Mashatile and Premier David Makhura. Early in September, the ANC Youth League in the province publicly pronounced its preference for the two centres of power, saying it would make sure that whoever got elected as chairperson also became the premier.

The league also endorsed Mashatile’s candidacy to retain the position.

At a media briefing in Johannesburg yesterday, ANC acting secretary Boyce Maneli allayed any fears for a crisis that could emanate from the choice of the league. He said the youth body had only raised a policy matter that needed to be discussed at a policy platform.

“There has never been a crisis that the chairperson must also be the premier,” Maneli said.

“The ANC will still remain the centre of power to lead the province. If Makhura is elected, he will still be an elected part of the province.”

Maneli, who is believed to be eyeing the same position he temporarily occupies, said the two centres of power issue had never arisen at the regional structures, adding it would never become a bone of contention in the post-conference period.

Asked if he would stand for the position of secretary at the gathering, Maneli said: “I have not made myself available and this means I will not be available for the conference.

However, Maneli said other candidates would be nominated from the floor for various positions at the conference.

Makhura last month referred the enquiries to the ANC when The Citizen asked him if he would be standing for any position.

Other potential candidates who might notch up top positions include deputy chairperson Gwen Ramokgopa and the treasurer Ntombi Mekgwe.