Divisions on leadership conference

TIME TO DECIDE: ANC leaders, from left,  national chairwoman Baleka Mbete, president Jacob Zuma, treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize and Eastern Cape provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle at the City Hall during a meeting with national, provincial and regional structures - Picture: MIKE HOLMES
TIME TO DECIDE: ANC leaders, from left, national chairwoman Baleka Mbete, president Jacob Zuma, treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize and Eastern Cape provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle at the City Hall during a meeting with national, provincial and regional structures – Picture: MIKE HOLMES

Top brass differ on when Bay team will be elected

WHILE the ANC’s Luthuli House bosses appeared unsure when a new Nelson Mandela Bay leadership would be elected, Eastern Cape secretary Oscar Mabuyane was confident yesterday that a December conference was a done deal.

Briefing the media following a two-day visit by the party’s national leadership, deputy secretarygeneral Jessie Duarte said they first wanted to assess the state of the ANC branches in the metro.

A regional conference is a major bone of contention in the Bay, with several branches eager to have the regional task team (RTT), led by Charles Nqakula, replaced by an elected structure before the hotly contested municipal elections next year.

Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, national chairwoman Baleka Mbete and other leaders spent hours at the Port Elizabeth City Hall in closed talks with provincial leaders and the task team.

-Mkhululi Ndamase

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