African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson in the Northern Cape, Dr Zamani Saul, who is expected to be retained, has lambasted National Executive Committee (NEC) members who fail to take their own decisions seriously and to execute their tasks with integrity.

In recent weeks, some ANC NEC members have leaked recordings of their meetings to the media and the public, which Saul regards as ideologically bankrupt.

Unpacking Jessie Duarte leaked audio comments with Samkele Maseko:

Speaking during the province’s ninth elective conference in Namakwa, Saul said the ANC NEC has the responsibility of providing leadership to all structures of the ANC and society.

“We don’t want to see squabbling and fighting in the NEC; we can’t sit with political bankruptcy there. We have NEC members who have converted NEC and NWC meetings into a new fun game which records NEC discussion and selectively leak them to the public and media. This, comrades, is politics of brinkmanship and honestly must be stopped.”

Zamani Saul says the ANC needs to restore its damaged image: 

‘Stealing branch members’

A faction opposing Saul in the John Taolo Gaetsewe region, has accused the ANC of stealing branch members.

The region’s ANC conference was postponed late Friday night. It was to be the last regional conference before the provincial conference next week.

Saul, who is also Northern Cape Premier, says the Provincial Executive Committee will meet on Saturday to discuss the way forward.

“All branches have not yet been registered because there are parallel structures that were submitted straight to the provincial secretary and not via the regional secretary. So, they want to steal the branches and delegates,” Party member Olebogeng Leserwane says.

– Additional reporting by Reginald Witbooi.