The ANC has received about 80 complaints about the outcome of branch meetings held across the Eastern Cape, with less than two weeks to go before the provincial elective conference.
Fifteen of the disputes were from Nelson Mandela Bay, with some members complaining that branch meetings had either been manipulated or not properly constituted in line with the ANC’s constitution.
The delegates chosen at branch meetings will represent their branches at the provincial conference, starting on August 30, and ultimately elect the next crop of leaders to rule over the ANC in the province.
Whoever succeeds in getting the chairmanship position could be the next premier of the province, should the ANC win the majority vote in 2019.
The conference will be held in East London over five days.
Meanwhile, ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said yesterday that a team of national deployees of the party would attend to the disputes in the province.
“Because it is a provincial conference, it is a national duty to select a committee of panellists and send them to those regions,” Mabuyane said.
He said he did not believe that the disputes would have an impact on the provincial conference going ahead.
“So far we are above the 70% threshold of branches that have been cleared. That is the requirement for the conference to convene,” Mabuyane said.
A total of 513 branches have been given the thumbs-up as having held properly constituted meetings. Mabuyane said 121 branches had not yet held their meetings, while the remaining 84 branches had lodged disputes.
Bay acting regional chairman Phumzile Tshuni said: “The [branch general meetings] have gone well, despite branches that have lodged complaints, but the party will attend to those.
“They were not major issues. It was just a healthy contestation and differences about leadership preferences.”