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ANC in Gauteng says preparations well under way for seamless elective conference

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THE ANC in Gauteng has vowed to have a seamless elective conference expected to take place from Thursday to Sunday at the Lakeside Hotel in Benoni, Ekurhuleni.

More than 1000 voting delegates from five regions are expected to participate in the elective conference for a new top five leadership to lead the party in the province for the next five years.

The conference is expected to pit two factions in support of current Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi and Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Lebogang Maile, who are both vying for the position of Provincial Chairperson.

According to some delegates at the conference, Ekurhuleni ANC region is supporting Maile for the position of provincial chairperson, Mzi Khumalo for the deputy chair, TK Nciza for provincial secretary and former regional secretary of Tshwane Paul Mojapelo as provincial treasurer.

Outgoing provincial secretary Jacob Khawe said the party was confident that the conference will go ahead without any disputes or fights.

“The disputes we are dealing with now are only seven and we have about five appeals with national and all in all will be 12 branches plus the six quarantined branches in Ekurhuleni that makes 18 but we do have 427 branches ready to go to a conference. So resolving the 18 is not a bigger challenge than the 427 confirmed,” said Khawe.

“We are also starting early with our conference because we want to focus on the national policy discussion document. We want to make a provincial contribution to the policy conference. We also want our conference to have a political content rather than a conference where people just come for elections,” Khawe said.

He said the conference will also focus on the state of the economy, electoral support, ways to resolve issues of crime, electricity and water, renewal and other socio-economic issues affecting the people of Gauteng.

The conference is also expected to discuss the electoral decline in the past few national and local elections.

According to analysts, the ANC in Gauteng could be out of power after the 2024 national and provincial general elections after it won the 2019 poll by a whisker, getting 50.19% of the vote compared with 53.59% in 2014 and 64.04% in 2009.

Khawe said on Sunday the conference would coincides with 67 existence of Freedom Charter, adding that they have decided to invite the President of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa to come and talk to branch delegates about the advancement of the goals articulated by the Freedom Charter and the renewal project of the ANC.

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