ANC NEC holds one-day meeting

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ANCs top leaders: Deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, chairwoman Baleka Mbete, President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and treasurer-general Mathews Phosa at the partys meeting in Irene, Tshwane. Photo: Masi Losi

Pretoria - The ANC's national executive committee (NEC) was holding a one-day meeting in Irene, south of Pretoria, on Wednesday.

The NEC was expected to discuss a range of issues such as a meeting between its top officials and the ANC Youth League, its structures in Limpopo and the North West, and the re-run of its Free State conference.

Leaders were expected to report back on a meeting with the ANCYL which took place last week in Johannesburg.

The African National Congress and the ANCYL were looking at working on the weaknesses within the party's youth wing. There had been friction between the two in the past, most recently when it was led by Julius Malema.

Delegates at the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung last month resolved that the incoming NEC should meet with the ANCYL for talks.

In his organisational report at the conference, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the ANCYL was acting in a similar manner to forces which were against the party.

Leadership of the ANCYL was also expected to be on the agenda. There had been no permanent leader since Malema was expelled last year. Deputy president Ronald Lamola had led the ANCYL since then.

The ANC's newly-elected national working committee (NWC) visited its Limpopo branches on Sunday to assess the state of the party in the province.

On Monday it met with the provincial executive committee (PEC). The PEC was asked to consider the report from the branches and compile a written response to the matters raised by the branches.

The ANC said there was a need to stabilise the province. The NWC would make recommendations to the NEC on how to resolve the political and organisational problems in Limpopo.

The North West had also been on the ANC's agenda. It was divided last year by two factions Ä one supporting President Jacob Zuma and another calling for a change of leadership. This resulted in two different provincial general councils being organised just before the national elective conference.

Provincial secretary Kabelo Mataboge was also suspended just before the start of the conference. A group of its members had approached the High Court in Mahikeng to have its delegation to Mangaung interdicted.

Judgement in the case was reserved on December 14, two days before the start of the conference.

The ANC in the North West had also lost control of the Tlokwe municipality to the Democratic Alliance after a motion of no confidence in the mayor was passed.

Free State ANC members would get another chance to elect a new leadership next month at the re-run of its provincial elective conference.

The one-day conference for the election of the new PEC would be held in Parys and overseen by a task team.

It followed a successful court challenge by a group of six disgruntled Free State ANC members in the Constitutional Court on the legality of the provincial elective conference held in Parys in June last year.

The court held the Free State PEC elected in 2012 was unlawful.

After its one-day meeting the NEC would hold a three-day lekgotla. - Sapa


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