ANC 2017 Elective Conference

'Who wins this conference is being hammered out at that registration venue'

Stephen Grootes talks to political analysts Richard Calland and Karima Brown on #ANC5

The ANC NEC made the decision at a special meeting on Saturday morning to abide by the ruling and not allow the delegates affected by Friday's court ruling is the correct one.

This affects the Provincial Executive Committees (PECs) of Free State and KZN with 27 delegates a piece. In addition, 38 branches from North West Province will also not be allowed to vote.

I think that is probably right, though one wonders if they might not have taken a different line or a different position, if the political impact of excluding those delegates - 280 of them plus-minus, mostly on the NDZ side - in a tight election that's not good news for her.

Professor Richard Calland, political analyst

The analysts agree that outgoing secretary general Gwede Mantashe has handled the situation with aplomb.

Karima Brown says he was asked this morning what was on the agenda of the special NEC meeting.

He said, there isn't an agenda. The court has ruled. We must comply.

Karima Brown, political analyst

She says compliance is what this is.

The words he has used are 'no contaminated branch will be allowed to vote'. That's emphatic, that's decisive.

Karima Brown, political analyst

She explains that there is no NEC while the conference sits. There is a steering committee, usually made up of provincial secretaries.

The two provinces under fire do not have secretaries now, she says.

So they cannot shepherd some of their processes. That's a tactical error and its a weakness on their part.

Karima Brown, political analyst

She says Mantashe made it clear that when delegates come to conference, the credentials battle will have been won already.

Because that is actually what is happening right now at UJ.

Karima Brown, political analyst

The conference decisions, or who could possibly win this conference, is being hammered out at that registration venue. I think that is the most critical take-out for me from this press conference.

Karima Brown, political analyst

Ace Magashule, Sihle Zikalala are in an NEC that decided that they are illegal - they are illegal leaders in their provinces, that is a powerful thing.

She says there is a pitched battle going on at the registration centre at UJ.


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