ANC NEC Meeting – The African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) will today conclude its three-day special conference which appears to be its toughest meeting since the beginning of the year.
Rumours, however, abound that party secretary-General Gwede Mantashe might be asked to step down from his position for being on Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidential slate.
Some sources within the ANC told reporters that delegates at the crucial meeting had asked for Mantashe to be removed from his position but that a decision on whether or not to suspend Mantashe will be made on Monday morning.
ANC Secretary General Gwede #Mantashe has come under attack at the party's special National Executive Committee meeting. eNCA has learnt that there have been calls for his removal. https://t.co/yiABfyqZcG
— eNCA (@eNCA) November 13, 2017
The ANC secretary-general is also accused of allowing the ANC in the Eastern Cape to continue its recently conference even after violence broke out.
The ruling party’s NEC meeting is currently going on at the St George’s Hotel in Irene, Pretoria. The special meeting was earlier adjourned over the weekend to allow the party’s national working committee (NWC) to make clear recommendations on whether to disband its Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provincial executives and to decide whether to suspend the Gwede Mantashe or not.
Apparently Gwede Mantashe is fighting for his life as SG in Irene as NDZ17 faction is calling for his removal.
— Tshepo (@Tumiishi) November 12, 2017
Some Zuma loyalists at the meeting are rooting for Mantashe to suspended for being biased and for his actions over the ANC Eastern Cape violent conference.
Reports in circulation have it that the purpose of the meeting is to tackle the numerous contentious issues facing the party in the run-up to its elective conference set to be held in December.
The ANC top brass will also deliberate amongst other issues, the damning judgment by Pietermaritzburg High Court nullifying the results from the KwaZulu-Natal 2015 elective conference. The KZN elective conference was nullified after a complaint was laid by the losing camp, led by former Eastern Cape chairperson Oscar Mabuyane, who alleged irregularities throughout the process.
The NEC will also discuss Ramaphosa’s announcement of his preferred deputy and make inputs to the draft version of the organizational report that will be presented at the conference.
The ongoing ANC NEC meeting is apparently a make-or-break one for factions in the ruling party as decisions taken at the meeting may impact who leads the ANC next.
For now, there’s no information about today’s meeting, as it is a closed meeting.
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