The African National Congress (ANC) stalwarts’ proposal for a National Consultative Conference which was snubbed by the ANC NEC last year is back on the table.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Deputy David D. Mabuza held talks on Monday with party stalwarts over their concerns, in an effort to solidify unity in the ANC and garner their support ahead of the 2019 elections.

The veterans insist that the only way to rescue the party ahead of the elections is through a Consultative Conference that has the support of the party leadership.

They have again tabled the proposal to the new leadership under ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa, after it was rejected in 2017.

That decision now lies with the NEC, but President Ramaphosa praised the stalwarts for their relentless efforts to try save the party from its decline.

The ANC stalwarts and veterans were praying to be heard, their calls found no expression – even among those re-elected into the current leadership.

But now the tides have turned, and as they say, in politics there are no permanent enemies.

Although former President Jacob Zuma’s name was never mentioned in post meeting press conferences, it’s evident though, that this meeting is just but one effort to mend a broken relationship and reinforce the dignity and the role of the ANC stalwarts.

Their concerns remain, justifying the re-emergence of the proposal for a National Consultative Conference, but this time, with the blessings of the mother body.

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