President Jacob Zuma. Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI
President Jacob Zuma. Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI

The ANC’s national conference wants President Jacob Zuma, as head of state, to be answerable to Luthuli House now that he is no longer at the helm of the party.

Following discussions in the commission on organisational renewal at its national conference‚ the ANC resolved that power must now be vested in the ANC presidency at Luthuli House and not in the state at the Union Buildings. This means Zuma would have to take instructions from his deputy in the state but newly elected president of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa.

The report-back on this commission was led by Febe Potgieter.

The plenary heard that the incoming ANC’s national executive committee would have to "manage two centres of power" now that the head of the party was not the president of the state. Mismanagement of two bases of power could force a recall of the state president — Zuma

The plenary also heard that the ANC Youth League should not elect old leaders and that it should reconsider its age limit, which is currently 35, and should consider its cut-off age to be in line "with its youthful constituencies".

The league is often criticised for having leaders that are not considered "youth", with its president‚ Collen Maine‚ far above the cut-off age limit to be in the league.

There has been a suggestion that the party allow a council of elders to guide its new leadership. However, the matter was not agreed on and was deferred to be discussed at a later time.

ANC delegates have supported the need for a social media policy to govern what party members and leaders say on social media.

Potgieter also told the commission that most delegates supported a proposal by the Veterans League that the integrity commission of the party have more teeth.

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