ANC EC Conference Finally Underway After Delay
ANC EC Conference Finally Underway After Delay:
Eastern Cape African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson Phumulo Masualle has urged delegates to utilise the 8th Provincial Conference to elect a leadership that will advance the party’s mandate and strengthen the province.
Masualle was speaking at the opening of the conference at the East London ICC.
While giving his political input speech, he took stock of progress made in the organisation by the outgoing PEC. Masualle says it is critical for delegates to choose wisely as to prevent the organisation from slipping further into crisis.
“This conference is taking place three months or just under that before the 54th national conference. So being here at this moment makes this event a very significant event if interpreted very well. The onus is upon us as the delegates to utilise this opportunity strategically and not forsake the opportunity it presents.”
The Provincial Conference in East London which was expected to announce new leadership by midnight Friday will only discuss nominations and credentials on Saturday. This is after a nine-hour delay following disputes over illegitimate delegates allegedly put on the list.
The dispute was resolved, but only after the lengthy delay.
Outgoing Provincial Chairperson Masualle and outgoing Provincial Secretary, Oscar Mabuyane are vying for the chairperson position.
The conference might have been delayed, but delegates remained upbeat.
“We tend to make the ANC as though it is not a democratic organisation as it is. We never find this odd in another organisation when there is a contestation of positions, but when it is the ANC we then make it as if there’s something that is untoward. The ANC is a democratic organisation,”
Musualle says state capture in any form should not be tolerated. He placed emphasis on unity and repositioning the province on national organisation politics. He has also cited the importance of a stable youth league to take the organization forward.
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