Ramaphosa arrives in eMalahleni to conclude ANC provincial elective conference

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African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, where he is scheduled to officially close the 13th provincial elective conference.

On Saturday, the conference elected Mandla Ndlovu as the ANC’s Provincial Chairperson, with Speedy Mashilo as his deputy and Muzi Chirwa as the Secretary.

Lindiwe Ntshalintshali is the Deputy Secretary while Mandla Msibi is the Treasurer.

“I’m still going to be briefed about the conference, now I wait to be briefed by my comrades. So my comrades are going to brief me, tell me how well the conference has got. So let’s wait and then give leaders of the ANC to brief the president,” says Ramaphosa.

‘Youth for leadership positions’

ANC National Executive Committee member Ronald Lamola says that when the party holds its 55th national elective conference, it must ensure that the youth hold leadership positions. He says opposition parties in the country have young leaders and the ANC must keep up with such competition.

Some ANC structures have endorsed Lamola for the position of party deputy president ahead of the national conference which will take place in December. But he says that should happen through ANC internal processes.

“We’ll respond to the challenges of the country in terms of generational mix, but also in terms of responding to the reality that we have two biggest opposition in the country, that are led by youthful generations. So the ANC must also respond to that in terms of its top six, but also in the National Executive as a whole. Whether we will be there contesting or not, we will leave that to the processes of the organization and respond at the right time.”

ANC Mpumalanga elective conference underway: Samkelo Maseko