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Sat Apr 19 17:14:54 SAST 2014

ANC Mangaung conference latest news Day 2

Times LIVE | 17 December, 2012 08:21
Flanked by security officials, President Jacob Zuma waves upon arrival at the start of the 53rd National Conference of his ruling ANC in Bloemfontein December 16, 2012.
Image by: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS

Here is the latest news on ANC's conference taking place in Mangaung.

Free State, North West part of conference

Sapa

Free State and North West delegates will be part of the ANC's Mangaung national elective conference, it was decided on Monday.

The credentials meeting of the national conference, being held in Mangaung, decided that voting delegates from the two provinces could participate, ANC spokesman Keith Khoza said.

This meant they could vote for the party's top six officials.

The two province's delegates were asked to leave the conference venue at the end of the credentials meeting for a decision on the matter to be taken.

Zuma, Motlanthe receive nominations for president

Sapa

ANC branches nominated President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe to stand for the position of party president, the electoral commission said in Mangaung on Monday.

There were loud cheers from delegates when Zuma's name was announced.

 

Mbete, Motlanthe decline nominations

Sapa

ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe declined a nomination to serve a second term in the job, the party's electoral commission announced on Monday.

African National Congress chairwoman Baleka Mbete also declined nomination for the position of party deputy president.

Mathews Phosa, Cyril Ramaphosa and Tokyo Sexwale would stand for the position.

 

Ramaphosa accepts deputy president nomination

Sapa

Businessman and ANC national executive committee member Cyril Ramaphosa has accepted nomination for the position of party deputy president.

"I have accepted nomination," he said in an sms to Sapa on Monday.

 

ANC ends credential talks in Mangaung

Sapa

The ANC's elective conference finished discussing the credentials of delegates who could vote for the party's top six leaders just before noon on Monday.

Many delegates streamed out of the huge plenary tent, at the University of the Free State, after discussions for a break and to buy cool drinks and ice cream. Many looked for a shady place to rest around the sports fields.

Free State and North West delegates were asked to leave the credential discussions for a short while.

The media and delegates were called to start entering the secure area again around noon for the next open session -- the nomination of the party's top six by the ANC's electoral commission.

According to the party's programme this was supposed to have been completed on Sunday night. The conference was half-a-day behind schedule.

The ANC adjourned the conference around midnight on Sunday because of a dispute over the credentials.

 

ANC delegates discuss credentials of top six nominators

Sapa

The ANC elective conference got underway on Monday with discussions about the credentials of delegates who would nominate the party's top six leaders.

The party's deputy secretary Thandi Modise was first to address party members. The session was closed to the media.

The ANC adjourned the conference around midnight on Sunday because of a dispute over the matter.

African National Congress treasurer general, Mathews Phosa, presented his financial report to the conference on Sunday evening.

 

Mantashe gives ANCYL, Cosatu a tongue lashing

Sapa

Ill-disciplined ANC members, the party's youth league and Cosatu received a tongue lashing from secretary-general Gwede Mantashe at the ANC's national conference in Mangaung on Sunday.

He warned of "splinters" breaking away from the African National Congress that could "reduce the weight of the movement".

Mantashe told the ANC's 53rd elective conference in Mangaung in the Free State "serious offences" had been levelled against the party.

Mantashe was mostly well received by the audience who sang songs in his support. A few small pockets of people rolled their hands to call for change while he was speaking.

"Some people say nothing has changed since 1994," said Mantashe. "You say 'this ANC' [is worse]. You are 25 and 30, which ANC do you know?"

The Congress of SA Trade Unions was one of those culprits, he said.

He said when Cosatu spoke out against the ANC and said the current government was the same as the apartheid one, it had an impact.

Mantashe criticised Cosatu for focusing too much on the ANC.

"We made an observation that half of the time it gets too pre-occupied with analysing the ANC and not on its own internal analysis."

On the ANC Youth League, Mantashe said it was acting in a similar manner to forces who were against the party.

"The ANCYL is a body of opinion within the ANC. Therefore it must complement and supplement the ideas of the movement.

"In the public eye it makes the ANC... look like its tailing behind the ANCYL," Mantashe said.

One of the reasons why the party took action against expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema, was because of his utterances against the party, said Mantashe.

If the ANC did not pay attention to discipline, the movement would "bleed to death", he warned.

"Factions have given themselves names in different provinces...

"Therefore factionalism had led to the virtual collapse of discipline in some ANC structures."

He bemoaned the fact that a Democratic Alliance mayor had been voted into power in Tlokwe in the North West, which is an ANC-led municipality.

"You go to Tlokwe, Potchefstroom [in the North West], where the ANC is a majority party," he said.

"But now they have handed leadership over to the DA [Democratic Alliance]."

Mantashe said ill-discipline at a local level was impacting the party's standing in municipalities.

"There is a general decline in organisational discipline," Mantashe told delegates.

"An overwhelming number of [disciplinary] cases involved public representatives at municipalities. We need to raise political awareness at the local government level."

He criticised those who leaked information to the media, and said those who disagreed should rather talk to each other.

When electing a new leader, delegates should vote with the party's best interests at heart and not expect anything in return.

"Focus... must be on deeper democracy and appreciate that the elective conferences are part of the democratic tradition of the ANC.

"The focus should never be on personality, it should be on sharpening that tool," said Mantashe.

 

Sidelined ANC members demand discussion

Sapa

Free State and North West ANC members in conflict with their party demanded that their case be discussed at the party's national conference in Mangaung on Sunday.

In a lawyer's letter to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, they also sought an undertaking that the entire Free State ANC delegation at the national conference be excluded from any further participation and voting processes.

The ANC's Mangaung 2012 elective conference started on Sunday in Mangaung.

The group also wants issues raised in an North West ANC court challenge be put up for discussion at the national conference.

The letter relates to six Free State ANC members successfully challenging the provincial party conference of June 22 and getting it declared unlawful in the Constitutional Court.

The ANC national executive committee (NEC) decided to disband the Free State ANC executive committee(PEC) from the national conference but ruled that branch voting delegates could attend.

The NEC stated the branch delegates were not affected by the court order only the Free State PEC.

In North West, 700 disgruntled ANC members failed in a court bit to nullify a recent provincial conference in Rustenburg that chose delegates for the Mangaung conference.

The groups demanded that the issues raised in the two court applications be discussed before the conference.

They also want the ANC to remove Free State ANC leader Ace Magashule and any other member of the PEC declared unlawful, and appointed in an in term provincial task team.

The ANC NEC announced a 20-member task team to run the party in the Free State until a new provincial elective conference could be organised in three month's time.

The group's letter demands action on the issues listed by noon on Tuesday, 18 December 2012.

It states if no answer was given by Tuesday they would be forced to approach a court for relief.

This would include a declaration that the ANC were in contempt of court.

The validity of the Mangaung national conference would also be questioned.

The group would also ask for a punitive cost order.

The eleven page letter, on behalf of both sets of applicants in the Mpho Ramakatsa - Free State- and Kebelo Nonyana - North West - legal matters, was addressed to Mantashe at the ANC's head office in Johannesburg.

On Sunday night, ANC spokesman Keith Khoza said he was not aware of the letter.

He said the party was in conference and Mantashe had been busy inside conference venue for most of the day.

 

Northern Cape membership declines

Sapa

The Northern Cape is the only province of the ANC that saw a decline in membership in the past five years, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Sunday.

In 2007, the Northern Cape had 37 262 members and in June 2012 it had 36 428.

The fastest growing province in the reporting period was KwaZulu-Natal which had 102 742 members in 2007, and in June 2012 the province had 331 820 members.

Mantashe admitted that the African National Congress had struggled to find the best way in membership management.

"Maybe we need to ask Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Sundowns on how they do it," he said.

He said members found new recruits when there was a conference approaching. "When there is no conference coming the branches die."

This was partly why 620 branches (14%) had not qualified to attend the elective conference in Mangaung.

Mantashe was delivering his organisational report to the ANC national conference in Mangaung.

He said discipline in the organisation had weakened.

"There is a general decline in organisational discipline," Mantashe told delegates.

"An overwhelming number of [disciplinary] cases involved public representatives at municipalities. We need to raise political awareness at the local government level."

He said the ANC's national disciplinary committee of appeals had dealt with 156 cases since the last ANC conference in 2007.

Mantashe said ill-discipline at a local level was impacting the parties standing in municipalities.

"You go to Tlokwe, Potchefstroom [in the North West], where the ANC is a majority party," he said.

"But now they have handed leadership over to the DA [Democratic Alliance]."

He said the levels of ill-discipline increased in the lead-up to major ANC events.

Mantashe said the ANC should train its members to represent each other at disciplinary hearings instead of using "paid lawyers".

Turning to the provinces, he said the incoming national executive committee (NECP) should ponder the legislative role of provinces.

"We are raising this point: 'let's review provinces'. What is it you want to review?" he said.

"Let's dig a little deeper before we take a decision we could regret later."

He said the incoming NEC should also review the system used to allocate seats in local government.

"It is a very complicated formula."

 

Fransman declines NEC nomination

Sapa

Western Cape ANC provincial secretary Marius Fransman has declined a nomination to the party's national executive committee, he said on Sunday.

While it was an "immense honour" to serve on the NEC, he declined in order to "fully focus on dislodging" the Democratic Alliance from power in the Western Cape in the 2014 elections.

"It is in the best strategic interest of the ANC Western Cape that as chairperson I rather remain fully committed to intensifying our programme in the province which includes unifying and rebuild our movement."

Fransman said it was in the "broader interest" of the party for him to lead the provincial organisation against the DA.

Fransman said the ANC in the province would be well represented by other nominated individuals.

 

ANC to build a political school: Mantashe

Sapa

The ANC has secured a site to build its political school, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Sunday.

"We have a farm for the political school," Mantashe said, delievering his organisational report to the party's national conference in Mangaung.

"The building has been delayed due to funding, which has always been a challenge of the ANC."

Mantashe joked with businessman Patrice Motsepe about being able to fund the building. "We don't all have a platinum mine," he said.

The African National Congress wanted to dedicate the next 10 years to the decade of the cadre. More needed to be put into cadre development.

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