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ANC in Joburg postpones its regional elective conference following branch disputes, and Moerane’s car crash

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THE ANC in Johannesburg has postponed the party’s regional elective conference, which was expected to start this weekend.

The regional conference will now be held at the end of May, the party said in a statement following a meeting of the Greater Johannesburg Regional Task Team (RTT) to consider a report from the conference preparations committee. 

The RTT also received the Regional Dispute Resolution Committee report which highlighted that 43 branches lodged disputes with their branch general meetings (BGMs), and in terms of all disputes received, less than 10 branches will be required to reconvene their meetings if not yet convened.

The postponement comes a day after former Joburg mayor Mpho Moerane was involved in a car accident on Tuesday. 

Moerane is said to be out of danger and recovering in hospital.

“The RTT received an update on the condition of the Regional Fundraiser, cde Mpho Moerane, who is hospitalised following a car accident. The RTT is encouraged by his recovery progress and further calls on the people of Johannesburg and South Africa at large to keep him in their prayers. Our thoughts are with the family, particularly the wife and kids,” said the party in a statement. 

“To this end, the ANC greater Johannesburg regional task team has therefore resolved to postpone the conference to May 27-29 based on the report of the regional dispute committee.”

Moerane is expected to go head to head with current secretary Dada Morero for the party’s Chairperson position.

It is understood that the two former allies fell out when Moerane put up his hand to continue as mayor after the local government elections, apparently in violation of an understanding with Morero to make way for him.

Meanwhile, Gauteng will convene its elective conference on the weekend of June 3-5 this year, in a venue yet to be named.

Currently, the battle for the position of provincial chairperson in Gauteng is between Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi and MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Lebogang Maile.

Gauteng premier and ANC provincial chairperson David Makhura is reportedly not keen on coming back in provincial politics.

Makhura is quietly eyeing for a senior position in the national leadership of the governing party, where he is reportedly being lobbied to contest the position of secretary-general under the CR slate, which is led by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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