×

We've got news for you.

Register on TimesLIVE at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

ANC EC conference disrupted — Steering committee takes over

08 May 2022 - 17:03
ANC National Chair Gwede Mantashe speaks to the two front runners for the EC provincial chairmanship, Oscar Mabuyane and Babalo Madikizela, at the conference venue.
ANC National Chair Gwede Mantashe speaks to the two front runners for the EC provincial chairmanship, Oscar Mabuyane and Babalo Madikizela, at the conference venue.
Image: MICHAEL PINYANA

The ANC conference in the Eastern Cape has once again been paused as the steering committee deals with questions arising from one slate. Provincial task team member Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said the disruption — which was in the form of singing — prevented NEC deployee Aaron Motsoaledi from addressing the conference.

“There was some singing by delegates who are raising certain things which they believe need to be attended to, including the issue that was resolved in court yesterday.

“We have a responsibility to respect what the court says while we take political decisions — having heard them the convenor of the NEC deployees comrade Aaron Motsoaledi stepped in. Unfortunately the delegates did not listen to him too,” said Ndabeni-Abrahams.

Ndabeni-Abrahams said the grouping raising issues that led to the pause is the one aligned to provincial chair contender Babalo Madikizela.

“In the interests of protecting the integrity we said let the steering committee meet to take control of the conference now,” she said.

Ndabeni-Abrahams said fears that the conference might collapse were unfounded, adding it would go ahead despite the delays. 

She said the rules of the conference, adopted by all delegates, will kick in against any form of anarchy.

Conference credentials are yet to be adopted.

TimesLIVE

Support independent journalism by subscribing to the Sunday Times. Just R20 for the first month.


subscribe

Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.