On Tuesday evening and possibly Wednesday, delegates at the 54th ANC National Conference will vote for the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) – the highest decision-making body between conferences.
Within the 80 member committee, sub-structures are then formed. These include the Integrity committee, National Working committee, Disciplinary committee and other institutions that are founded by the organisation to implement its policies.
Therefore synergy between the NEC, it’s various committees, the office of the Secretary General and the President becomes imperative for the smooth running of the organisation.
“It is from the NEC that you would find numbers of people who go and be in parliament, provincial legislatures and cabinet,” said political analyst Ongama Mtimka from Nelson Mandela University, on the deployment of NEC members.
With the ANC facing leadership crisis and deteriorating support especially from urban areas, Cyril Ramaphosa as the new party president presumably will need more of his supporters on the the NEC.
“DD Mabuza, Ace Magashule and Jessie Duarte have been associated with inappropriate conducts that has damaged the reputation of the ANC. So you do need to have a decisive majority over those guys – otherwise it will derail Cyril Ramaphosa’s agenda,” says political analyst Professor Mcebisi Ndletyana.
Meanwhile, political analyst Professor Sipho Seepe says it is important for newly elected Ramaphosa to get support in the party’s NEC.
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Seepe says if Ramaphosa fails to get majority of members close to him in the NEC, that could pose a serious challenge.
It remains to be seen how many members that are close to Ramaphosa will make it to the NEC.
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