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THE ANC in Gauteng has decided to reconvene its provincial conference in order to conclude deliberations on policy documents and finalise the election of additional provincial executive committee (PEC) members.

Addressing the media in Johannesburg, newly elected ANC Gauteng chairperson Panyaza Lesufi said the reconvened conference will take place from 9 to 10 July 2022.

“The conference adopted a motion for our preparation for our national policy conference in July 2022 and the conference resolved to adjourn its work to reconvene in two weeks’ time to conclude the business of the provincial conference,” said Lesufi.

He further said that on the weekend the conference reconvenes, additional PEC members will be voted in and then commissions will take place.

“When we say the conference needs to conclude all its business; it means going to commissions, receiving commission reports, finalising our policy position and also finalising the election of the PEC members.”

The Gauteng ANC’s 14th provincial conference was marred by several delays over the adoption of credentials and a failed urgent court bid on Saturday to halt it from going ahead.

Lesufi said the conference was unable to deal with several outstanding issues because delegates were exhausted and fatigued.

“It was quite clear that our delegates were quite fatigued and we needed to adjourn the conference. Now, the conference will continue on the 9th and the 10th of July to conclude all its business. Meaning, going to commissions, receiving commission reports, and discussing policy documents, and the finalisation the election of the Provincial Executive Committee,” said Lesufi.

He dismissed suggestions that the conference was chaotic and apologised to delegates for the difficulties they had to face.

“We look forward to receiving the new additional PEC members so that we can conclude our task and start earnestly to do work on behalf of the ANC and government,” said Lesufi. Lesufi replaced Premier David Makhura as the ANC’s chairperson in Gauteng after serving as his deputy for five years. He was elected by 575 votes to 543 after he beat Gauteng Cogta MEC Lebogang Maile for the top job.

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