The African National Congress (ANC) is set to overhaul the party’s top six at the upcoming elective conference set to take place later in the year. This restructuring of the party’s top leaders has been proposed at the ANC’s National Policy conference currently underway in Johannesburg.

Briefing the media on the ANC’s policy change proposals in the Organizational renewal and design document, Head of the subcommittee on Organizational development, Fikile Mbalula, says this proposed change for the National Executive Committee (NEC) was brought to the conference by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) as well as several other structures of the organization.

“It didn’t only come from the Youth League – but it came from the structures who did not attach names, in relation to that and the provinces in the debating discussion… The change of the ANC NEC top is being debated, and will be referred to the Constitutional review (committee) for debate in the structures of the ANC.”

The ANCYL has on previous occasions publicly stated their desire for an expanded Top six, and have backed Mbalula to be the party’s Deputy Secretary General.

Should the proposal be accepted by the 4 500 delegates at the policy conference, it could pave the way for the introduction of a second Deputy Secretary General.

This proposal to restructure the ANC’s national leadership according to Mbalula is motivated by the wish to make the party more functional.

He adds that the inclusion of the position will help in ensuring that the party can respond to the question of capacity within its headquarters. The addition will also mean that they will be better equipped to execute tasks and more involved in decision making.

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