The next ANC elective conference is scheduled for December 2017.
However, it’s as though the ANC can’t wait to get rid of Daddy Zuma as its leader. A good number of the party’s structures have called for an early ANC elective conference.
And, the party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe thinks it’s cool to have an early ANC elective conference.
It was the ANC Youth League that first called for an early conference.
Last week, the ANC Youth League officially called for the ANC to have an early national conference to elect new leadership for the party.
According to the Youth League, its parent organization has been bedeviled by many unpleasant issues.
Speaking for ANCYL, Mlondli Mkhize said: “The elective conference for us represents a situation where we are going to have people who are going to get a new mandate.
The ANC leadership at this point is entangled with many issues and problems. (An early conference) would give us more time to recover towards election in 2019.
We are about 34 months away from the election for 2019, so we want an organisation that’s going to be alive towards 2019,” Mkhize buttressed.
Commenting today on the issue, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe asserted that it is not a bad idea. According to him, the issue being discussed in various structures of the ANC.
Also, Mantashe rebuked those condemning the ANCYL for calling for an early ANC elective conference.
ANCYL “has a right to make a proposal to the ANC,” he said. “It is not a bad idea… It is actually being discussed in various structures of ANC whether it should be done,” he added.
Nevertheless, he admonished that the early elective conference be utilized to reconcile the differences within ANC structures.
To him, it isn’t sensible to hold an early elective conference where ANC members will “fight…smash each other, (smear) blood on the floor (and) come out of the conference more divided.
It should be an early conference with a clear objective… it is not a bad idea,” Mantashe intoned.
ANC held its 52nd National Conference in Polokwane, Limpopo. The five-days conference saw the emergence of Jacob Zuma and his supporters as the party’s leadership.