The African National Congress has opted to continue with only one deputy president serving under it's leadership, after the proposal to introduce a second deputy was suggested as a slate politics compromise.
Political reporter and talk show host Stephen Grootes sat down with Eusebius Mckaiser to discuss this decision and other proposed changes around the party's top six and National Executive Committee (NEC).
There has been this push from some of the provinces to have more, to have basically two deputy presidents, or two deputy secretaries general so you need to have that discussion first before you vote.— Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor
The due deputy presidents proposal has been shut down and I think this is important because the bigger the body the harder it is to take decisions. It also means that there is more factionalism.— Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor
The conference plenary is taking place behind closed doors and is also in talks around the numbers that make up the NEC.
Grootes evaluates the pro's and con's of shrinking the number of people on the executive.
I would argue that this NEC to my mind has probably made fewer important decisions than when the NEC did when it was 60 members. The more people you have making a decisions. the bigger the committee the stranger the camel.— Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor
If you shrank it, the con would be that you can't balance out as many constituencies, you might lose a few voices.— Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor
There also people who are not aligned to any faction necessarily who end up on it, there are key moments where people like that can play a very important role, the bigger the NEC, the bigger the chances are of them getting on.— Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor
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