The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has disputed Secretary General Gwede Mantashe's comments that the province has completed only 40.8% of its Branch General Meeting (BGM).
Mantashe said that many branches won't be able to meet the deadline which is the end of the day on Wednesday.
ANC KZN Provincial Spokesperson, Mdumiseni Ntuli, says the incorrect figures presented by Mantashe were not deliberate, but rather a consequence of information between the office of the provincial secretary and the ANC secretary-general not being updated.
Kwazulu-Natal has 806 branches that qualified to hold BGMs and attend the National Conference. Today we are at 78% of those branches and in numbers we are at 630 branches that have successfully convened BGMs and we are left we about 173 that must convene BGMs.— Mdumiseni Ntuli, ANC KZN spokesperson
What we discovered yesterday was that the last updated information between the two offices was of the BGMs that were held that other week excluding last week and the weekend of the NEC meeting.— Mdumiseni Ntuli, ANC KZN spokesperson
That is the reason why the SG, when he was asked the question, he said these are the figures I received before the NEC meeting.— Mdumiseni Ntuli
Ntuli says about 50 branches had their BGM on Tuesday and another 50 will have to convene on Wednesday. The remaining branches will make use of the grace period to complete their BGMs.
He is confident that they will be able to meet the deadline of the grace period, which has been extended to Sunday.
To hear the rest of the interview and updates on KZN ANC Branch General Meetings, listen below:
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