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Meeting over alleged voting irregularity still on at ANC conference
19 December 2017, 2:15 PM

An urgent meeting of the African National Congress’ steering committee is still under way to discuss an alleged irregularity in the election of a new party secretary general on Tuesday.  North West ANC Chairperson Supra Mahumapelo has warned backers of Senzo Mchunu, who narrowly lost the vote, not to push for the inclusion of 68 alleged missing votes.

Ace Magashule won the Secretary General post by only 24 votes.  Electoral officials allegedly told 68 delegates that they did not appear on the voters’ roll.

Mahumapelo says if any call for a complete rerun is entertained, it will plunge the entire ANC elective conference into disarray.

“As a province we met with our delegates that they must accept and live with the results but we are surprised that some people are raising complaints about the outcome, but they must know the risk we are getting the ANC into because the risks are two, one is that you can’t just call for the re-counting of one position because you don’t know who voted because this is a secret ballot, it means it will have to be for the entire officials. The other risk they are pushing the organisation into is to say there must be a re-run of the entire officials and I don’t know if they want to do that.” Click below for more on the story:

Mnangagwa announces new promotions in military
18 December 2017, 8:47 PM

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reassigned and announced new promotions in the military.

The major changes saw Philip Valerio Sibanda who was army head being appointed to take over from Chiwenga, as the head of the Defence Forces.

Chiwenga has been retired pending redeployment which almost guarantees a Vice Presidency.

Head of Police Augustine Chihuri who was seen as a Mugabe ally is on leave pending retirement.

The army also on Monday announced the end of the Operation Restore Legacy and handed back day to day policing duties to the police force.

ANC seeks unity
18 December 2017, 8:24 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) says it has continued to seek unity after its last elective conference. This is according to the party’s 54th ANC National Elective Conference Organisational Report.

“We have sought to maintain our unity as a leadership collective, even under challenging situations. However, this character of a collective leadership has come under immense strain as a result of factions and slates.”

Leaders of the party have continuously spoken for unity and against factionalism within the organisation.

Leading to the conference, Mpumalanga branches even voted for “unity” as a candidate.

Going into the conference, ANC Treasurer-General Dr Zweli Mkhize said it is the responsibility of all leaders of the ruling party to work together to ensure unity in the organisation.

“At the end of the day, it is the responsibility of each and every one of the leaders of the ANC to collectively work together for the unity of the organisation. After all, because of the campaigns and the debates in the media, it sometimes looks like we are talking about people who are in different organisations. But the crux of the matter is that all the candidates are serving together. They meet every now and again as colleagues and sit in one committee and there is no hostility. So, I think what is important is to try and manage the excitement that is to come inevitably when we have to select leaders, but we all have a responsibility to be united.”

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ANC committed to providing high-speed broadband internet
18 December 2017, 7:30 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) remains committed to ensuring access to high-speed broadband internet.  This was revealed on Monday at the 54th African National Congress National Elective Conference underway in Nasrec, Johannesburg.

According to the party’s Organisational Report presented by former Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe, more than 360 000 South African have access to free internet in libraries.

Internet access remains one of the challenges facing South Africans.

Linked to this is the cost of data.

Earlier in 2017, people took to social media to voice their discontent about data costs through the hashtag #DataMustfall.

Data costs in South Africa remain among some of the most expensive in the world. The hashtag #DataMustFall campaign led to network companies including Vodacom and Cell C reducing their out of bundle prices.

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Zuma happy to be bowing out as ANC president
18 December 2017, 5:02 PM

President Jacob Zuma says he is humbled by having been given the opportunity to be president of the country, but is happy to be bowing out as ANC president.

He went for a walkabout at the expo centre at Nasrec in Johannesburg where the 54th National Elective Conference of the ANC is being held.

Zuma says from the ANC’s point of view, the conference was like another except that this time there were seven presidential hopefuls and that expressed the democratic nature of the ANC as well as the quality of the comrades in the organisation.

The results for the presidential election are expected later on Monday.

“Some of us who are going out, we are now going to be part of the delegations on the ground. If you hear the leaders saying the ground is saying this, they are talking about us. We are going to be influencing the progress and the state with which the ANC travels to prosperity, how fast, etc.”

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