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Mantashe raises concerns about ANC losing metros
18 December 2017, 2:52 PM

Outgoing African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has warned that the party is risking being reduced to a rural party.

During 2016’s municipal elections, the ruling party lost metros such as the City of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay to the Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Congress of the People (COPE)-led coalitions.

Mantashe’s message to the incoming leadership is that they must genuinely and frankly confront all problems facing the party.

“We lost EC. We did better in other areas. We have Gauteng. We lost metros. That is where I see a big threat, which I mentioned when I said, we can’t afford an ANC that becomes a rural party; that talks to the heart of the economy, Gauteng, because if we decline in Gauteng we are going to be relegated into a rural party. We can’t afford that.”

“If the ANC is flat-footed in any issue, it leaves a vacuum for the leadership of society. The ANC must be able to express a view on everything. It doesn’t matter how painful it is. In the plenary, we went through all the difficult issues we are confronted with; whether it is the Nkandla case; whether it was the Public Protector report; whether it was the Con-Court judgement.”

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Motorists receiving e-toll summons cannot be prosecuted: Outa
18 December 2017, 2:33 PM

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says while Gauteng motorists are receiving summonses for defaulting on their e-toll payments, they cannot be prosecuted.

Many motorists have boycotted the e-toll system, refusing to pay, since its inception in 2013 because of the lack of proper consultation.

Outa has been working to bring the first case to court on the matter.  Outa Chief Executive Officer Wayne Duvenage says there are about three million motorists who have not been paying their bills.

“Sanral has been for some time issuing summons for people who have defaulted on their e-toll bill. We believe 10 000 or so summons have gone out. Remember there are three million motorists who have defaulted and have not paid and there is a R9 billion bill or more outstanding. Will someone be prosecuted? Well no, but they can be summoned and the summons process then flows into a court challenge.”

Zuma pleased with running of ANC elective conference
18 December 2017, 2:28 PM

Outgoing President of the African National Congress (ANC), Jacob Zuma, has praised the running of the party’s elective conference saying that the power of the branches to select a new leader is a lesson in democracy for the opposition.

Zuma was speaking to the media during a walkabout at the conference being held at Nasrec, south of Johannesburg.

Vote counting is now underway after more than 4 700 delegates cast their ballots for the top leadership of the party.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is going head-to-head against former African Union chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for the presidency of the ANC.

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Sisulu denies claims she is being compromised
17 December 2017, 9:36 PM

African National Congress (ANC) Deputy-Presidential hopeful, Lindiwe Sisulu says she accepts the nomination for Deputy President of the party and has pulled her weight behind Cyril Ramaphosa as the leader.

She says she has learnt a lot from having campaigned alone for the top position, but she will be more than willing to serve with Ramaphosa. Sisulu spoke to the media on the sidelines of the National Elective Conference underway in Nasrec, Johannesburg.

She has denied claims that she is being compromised.

“There is no compromise. We are just going back to the delegates to say we are now in one campaign. That I am running as Deputy of the ANC because that is what the branches have put me in. The branches were given an opportunity to nominate and have nominated me in the position of the deputy and therefore I have accepted to run with Cyril as part of our alliance and corporation.”

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New ANC leadership will be announced on Monday
17 December 2017, 9:12 PM

South Africans will most likely on Monday hear who the new African National Congress (ANC) president will be. The election process started late Sunday afternoon for the top six positions of the ANC. Blocks of 200 delegates were allowed to vote.

The election started after the outgoing deputy secretary-general, Jesse Duarte, earlier announced that the amount of delegates reduced by 517 after the verification process and the three court cases that ruled that the Provincial Executive Committee and branches in amongst other the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West were unlawfully constituted.

The nominations of the top 6 of the ANC were announced; however it was not with a few surprises. ANC Treasurer-General Mkhize was nominated for deputy President.

North West was the biggest loser during the verification and disqualification process shedding 92 of its original 538 delegates. Next was Limpopo with 76 delegates followed by Gauteng with 70 delegates. The Northern Cape lost only four delegates followed by the ANC Veterans League who lost five.

Despite the integrity of branches in Mpumalanga being questioned that province only lost 28 delegates. The winning candidate will now have to secure 2 389 votes to win.

Total tally of voting delegates is 4,776 and a candidate needs 2,389 or more to win the presidential post.

EC – 632
FS – 349
GP – 491
KZN – 804
LIM – 567
MPU – 708
NC – 193
NW – 446
WC – 136

PEC Delegations: 27 each except KZN and FS

Leagues – ANCYL 60 + ANCWL 60 + Veterans League 55

NEC 86

Political Analyst, Somadoda Fikeni, says the lost 517 votes will most likely have no effect on the end result of the vote. He however said if candidates withdrew their availability to stand for the positions, their supporters might still turn the race around.

“The biggest question is where they throw their support because that becomes important even if marginalised and also behind the scenes there is a lot of persuasion and others are trying to read who has the momentum. And if there is a signal that this candidate has the momentum the last minute many people can be swayed in that direction.”

Changes to the ANC’s Constitution were discussed during a closed plenary session. The structure of branches, regions as well as that of the National Executive Committee was debated. A Member of the Constitutional Amendments Committee of the ANC, Saul Zamani, believes the NEC’s structure will not change.

“It’s quite clear with my own assessment during plenary, it is quite clear the issue of the two deputy secretary generals won’t be able to survive and will be kicked out as well because I don’t think the people who are tabling the proposals will be able to get the constitutional requirement of the two thirds majority and in order to add another secretary-general you need a two thirds majority and it is quite clear that two third majority is elusive and they won’t be able to get it.”

The 54th ANC National Elective Congress started seven hours late on the first day and the second was no different. Duarte however said they are determined to finish the congress by Thursday.

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