ANC NEC in talks with N West PEC over Premier succession

Ace Magashule, Gwede Mantashe and President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Reading Time: 2 minutes

The African National Congress’ (ANC) top brass says they will seek further engagement with the North West Provincial Executive Committee over the candidates for position of North West Premier.

The party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) top brass is meeting in Irene, Pretoria, to discuss a range of issues. It has confirmed that they have received the names of three candidates for the position of North West Premier.

Speaker and acting party provincial secretary, Suzan Danjie, current acting Premier Wendy Nelson and former MEC for Education Johannes Tselapedi are the chosen candidates. However alliance partners and some in the ANC have refused to accept these nominees.

Secretary-General Ace Magashule says discussions over the matter are still on-going.

“The North West discussions are still going on. We have not yet arrived at that position but we are saying we need further engagement. Normally the practice and that’s what is conference resolution. the provincial executive committee is supposed to give us three names they have done so but we further want to engage with the provincial executive committee as well as other structures so that we take on board and we resolve the problems of North West once and for all. The PEC is still intact.”

The ANC has also condemned the killing of an Umkhonto Wesizwe Veterans League (MKVA) at a Youth League conference in Mpumalanga.

The veteran cannot be named as his next of kin has not been informed. He was killed at a regional conference at Manzana, formerly known as Badplaas, Saturday night. Secretary-General Ace Magashule says killings of party members will not be tolerated.

“For people to shoot at each other in a conference of the ANCwe are going to address that matter. We need to get facts as to what happened. Generally we have condemned it. The police must act.”