ANC 'overwhelmingly' retains step-aside rule
The ANC’s policy conference has "overwhelmingly” retained the party's controversial step-aside resolution despite efforts by some of its provincial structures to have it scrapped.
This was announced by ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday during his closing address at the conference that started on Friday.
However, Ramaphosa said there was also agreement among the more than 2,000 delegates that took part at the three-day policy indaba that the step-aside rule was not being applied in a fair manner in some instances and this should be addressed.
The step-aside policy, aimed at tackling corruptions and other forms of wrongdoing plaguing the ANC, was facing rejection at the start of the policy of conference on Friday, with provinces such as KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and some leaders from Gauteng calling for it to be abolished.
They argued that the rule was being used as a factional tool to settle political battles within the ANC.
But after three days of intense discussion on this matter and other policy issues, those seeking to scrap it were defeated, a move that spelt victory for Ramaphosa and his supporters.