ANC Nelson Mandela Bay expected to hold regional conference before Christmas

NOVEMBER 3, 2015

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Nelson Mandela Bay will hold its Regional Elective Conference before Christmas. That is the word from the party’s office of the Provincial Secretary following a Provincial Working Committee (PWC) that was held on Monday and Tuesday.

“[The Nelson Mandela Bay region] is awaiting an audit outcome, immediately when the outcome is confirmed a date will be set. We are hoping to hold it this year before Christmas, said Oscar Mabuyane, the ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary, in a statement.

According to him, the PWC meeting noted the smooth running of two conferences in the Chris Hani and Sarah Baartman regions “and congratulated both its levels of success and agree to endorse both of them”.

The PWC also noted the challenges faced by its OR Tambo and Joe Gqabi regions.

“The PWC noted the high levels of challenges in the preparations towards these two conferences that created uneasiness and tensions between contesting line ups,” described.

“The levels of contestation have almost made it a tough task to make them sit as a result of many disputes from branches and some created unnecessary.

“As the previous PEC took a decision to engage leaders in these two regions, the meeting commended the role played by the provincial leadership to ease tensions as they almost created a complex situation there and for their conferences.”

Mabuyane said that since both outcomes of these conferences are disputed by branches, the PEC has requested the disputes to be handled by the National Office of Secretary General.

“As we speak processes to look at both disputes have started. The meeting however agreed that both these be endorsed pending the outcome of disputes. The PWC appeal to branches from these regions relax and allow the process of appeal to unfold smoothly until to its conclusion.”

Meanwhile the Buffalo City Municipality region forwarded a report to the PWC of their readiness to hold their regional conference.

“They meet constitutional requirements to sit the conference. The PWC noted that there are five disputes that are outstanding and took a decision to postpone the conference by one more week, said Mabuyane.

The PWC also congratulated the success of the conference and noted this as a step towards stability in COSATU and a step towards live relations in the tripartite alliance.

“We hope the new leadership will bring back dignity to the labour struggles as the cause if its existence,” Mabuyane said.

The PWC also noted that there are branches affected by re-demarcation of municipal and ward in the province.

“National Elective Conference (NEC) released guidelines on how to realign ANC structures where they are affected. The PWC calls for branches and regions to follow these guidelines and align structures in time so they are ready for local government elections.”