The African National Congress (ANC) in Limpopo has rescheduled its elective conference for 13 to 15 April.
This follows a Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting in Mokopane that preceded a two-day lekgotla of the party in the province. The deliberations and resolutions of the PEC lekgotla are expected to direct the work of both the ANC and ANC-run provincial government in the year 2018/19.
The term of office of the current PEC is running out towards the end of this month.
In a media release ANC Provincial Secretary Nocks Seabi stated that the PEC had adopted a roadmap towards the provincial conference in November last year, that there was a slight delay in the implementation of the roadmap that has necessitated the revision of the provincial conference dates to 13 to 15 April and that the audit would have commenced yesterday (Wednesday) as all the regions except Waterberg had concluded their pre-audits.
It was stated that the PEC had resolved that a Regional Task Team (RTT) be put in place for Waterberg and that it had mandated the Provincial Working Committee (PWC) to finalise the composition of the RTT, he pointed out. Sketching the background to the decision, Seabi further said that in line with the decision of a PEC meeting of 27 November 2017 it had been resolved to disband the Regional Executive Committee (REC) of Waterberg in terms of Rule 19.1.9 of the ANC Constitution on the responsibility of the PEC to ensure the effective functioning of Branch Executive Committees (BEC) and the REC. “The PEC reaffirmed its view that the Waterberg REC had exceeded its term of office by more than two years. The REC has over the extra two years failed to convene a regional conference, and all the structures of the REC had become dysfunctional over an extended period.”
The RTT would be seized with the responsibility of rebuilding and strengthening the organisation and assist the PEC to take the region to its overdue conference, he stated. A strengthened ANC was considered critical for the Waterberg region, where they had “lost two municipalities and scrapped a slight majority in another, because the opposition alliance is blatantly failing to render services to our people”.
On allegations of bogus delegates from Limpopo attending the 54th national conference of the organisation in December last year, Seabi mentioned concern on the side of the PEC which deemed it important to engage in a process that would clarify both perception and facts. “Thus the PEC resolved to establish a team that will be led by the ANC Limpopo Veterans League to deal with this matter. All affected branches and delegates to the 54th National Conference must be interacted with by the said team. The work of this team must be concluded by mid-March 2018 and their report after being processed by the PEC will be shared with ANC branches at the provincial conference.”
Story & photo: YOLANDE NEL