Natasha Marrian Political editor: Business Day
ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe talks to members of the media at Luthuli House in the Johannesburg CBD on the recent meeting of the National Executive Committee meeting. Picture: ALAISTER RUSSELL/THE TIMES
ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe talks to members of the media at Luthuli House in the Johannesburg CBD on the recent meeting of the National Executive Committee meeting. Picture: ALAISTER RUSSELL/THE TIMES

The deadline for ANC branches to conclude nominations for the party’s next president is looming but only 40% of the branches in its largest province, KwaZulu-Natal has concluded the process.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said a “special dispensation” may be required to allow the province to conclude the nomination process. KwaZulu-Natal is largely the base of support for President Jacob Zuma’s preferred candidate, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

At a media briefing, Mantashe also confirmed that the Eastern Cape’s newly elected leadership — which is aligned to ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa — was not dissolved at a meeting over the weekend. Instead a task team has been set up to look into an appeal against the September conference where the Ramaphosa-aligned former secretary, Oscar Mabuyane, was elected chairman.

A task team of seven members — four from the national executive committee (NEC) and three “technical” staffers — were assigned to the province to deal with the appeal. The team will provide a progress or final report to the next NEC meeting in two weeks time.

The NEC team includes Sbu Ndebele, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Joyce Moloi-Moropa and Sdumo Dlamini. Ndebele is chairing the team.

Mantashe said 5,240 delegates will attend the conference with 4,731 from branches and 509 made up of ANC leagues, NEC and ex-officio members. While almost 70% of the branches have concluded nominations, critical provinces, such as KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and the North West, are lagging behind.

The party was also dealing with disputes in various provinces and condemned the violence that erupted in a few branch general meetings across the country.

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