Delay again for party’s regional conferences

Provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane stuck to the party line later when asked what their stand was on Zuma’s presidency‚ following last week’s Constitutional Court judgment. File photo Picture: THEO JEPTHA.
ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane 
Picture: THEO JEPTHA.

The much-anticipated ANC Amathole and Nelson Mandela Bay metro regional conferences have been delayed once again.

This was revealed by ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane following a provincial working committee (PWC) meeting on Monday.

The two region’s conferences were scheduled to take place on the first and second weekends of next month.

But that will no longer be the case due to branch membership auditing that still needs to take place resulting from disputes.

The process is now in the hands of the party’s national auditing committee.

However, Mabuyane insisted the party was working round the clock to ensure these regions went to conference before the end of next month.

The final and confirmed dates would be announced, he said, after the provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting likely to take place in two weeks time.

Mabuyane said meeting the early February dates was unrealistic since there was a pending auditing process. He said of the more than 100 branches in Amathole, only about half were in good standing and good to go for branch general meetings (BGMs) to prepare for conference. The rest still had to start with branch biennial meetings.

“But all human errors have been clarified and cleared, with national now handling the auditing process. Hence we met them [Monday] to discuss some of the branch issues that we were battling with,” he said.

“The set dates of the first week of February are unrealistic because of those issues beyond our control.

“But we are going full steam to ensure that these two conferences take place in February so they do not cloud the preparations for the provincial conference in July and national conference [in December].”

This will be the third time that the ANC provincial leadership has had to postpone the Amathole congress.

The Bay has also had its fair share of delays since the leadership structure was disbanded two years ago. It was only on Monday that auditing of the branches took place.

Mabuyane said the auditing process was not easy, citing “gate-keeping and withholding of membership” as problems.

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