The ANC is using the Nasrec template of mixed slates to resolve leadership issues in its provinces, as it tries to wrap up list conferences in the run-up to the critical 2019 general elections. Earlier in 2018, the ANC battled to get its provincial structures in order, following the Nasrec conference where Cyril Ramaphosa was elected on a unity slate, as infighting prevailed and groups of disgruntled members turned to the courts. The party has had to postpone its national list conference where it will consolidate the lists from its provinces after one of its nine provinces — the North West — was unable to hold a successful conference. The ANC’s other eight provinces have wrapped up their list conferences with provincial executive committees busy ratifying the results. The national list conference, meant to be held at the weekend, will now take place on January 6 and 7 in Durban, just a few days before the ANC’s January 8 rally and manifesto launch, acting ANC national spokesperson D...

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