The ANC has vowed to have all disputes regarding its candidate list will be resolved by Saturday. The governing party is preparing to re-submit some of its candidates who failed to meet the 23rd August registration deadline.

This follows the IEC’s decision to re-open the voter and candidate registration process. The IFP has criticised the move – saying it was not afforded such a concession by the IEC in a previous election. Currently, the ANC Electoral Committee led by former President Kgalema Motlanthe is dealing with all disputes relating to candidates. ANC Deputy General Secretary Jessie Duarte says they won’t entertain any dispute beyond their Saturday deadline.

ANC Deputy Secretary-General, Jessie Duarte briefing members of the media

Extraordinary measures need to be taken to rebuild, transform SA economy: ANC

The African National Congress (ANC) Deputy Secretary-General, Jessie Duarte says the party has agreed that extraordinary measures need to be taken to rebuild and transform the economy.

The ANC NEC held a virtual Lekgotla over the weekend. Duarte was speaking during a media briefing on Tuesday.

The economy was already in recession when the COVID-19  pandemic hit.

Many economists are calling on the governing ANC to make it easier for small and medium businesses to operate in South Africa – among other things

“We affirm that our central task is to create jobs and reduce poverty and also we are cognisant of the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically deepened poverty and inequality in our country. Indeed, our unemployment rate is extremely high at the moment. Crime, corruption and the erosion of state capacity has also contributed to a sense of insecurity among South Africans and have weakened our ability to respond to the challenges facing our country. We agree that we need to take extraordinary measures to rebuild and transform our economy and to improve the capacity of the state,” says Duarte.

 

COVID-19 vaccines

Duarte also says the party is intensifying government’s campaign to encourage all eligible South Africans to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Vaccinating most adults is a crucial component to the success of our economic recovery and the ANC government and various other sections of society are intensifying the campaign to urge more and every eligible South African to be vaccinated,” says Duarte .

 

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa’s NEC closing speech

The briefing on Tuesday follows the ANC NEC’s recent virtual Lekgotla. In his speech on Monday, ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa said the party remains committed to creating jobs in the country.

More than a third of South Africans are without jobs, youth and women are the worst affected.

Ramaphosa was speaking on Monday after the governing party’s weekend NEC Lekgotla. The ANC leader says the country also faces the challenges of crime and corruption.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers NEC Lekgotla closing address:

The ANC leader says the country also faces the challenges of crime and corruption.

The Ramaphosa says these challenges can be addressed with hard work and focused action. He said the fast-tracking of the digital economy is an important part of reviving the country.

Ramaphosa stated that the COVID-19 pandemic is adding to the challenges facing the governing party and the country.

He added that the governing party is looking at expanding and extending the Social Relief of Distress grant to cushion the poor and unemployed from the devastation caused by COVID-19.

The grant is scheduled to end in March next year. Ramaphosa says the extension will depend on the affordability.