Mantashe under fire over report

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe under fire over National Working Committee's report on a visit to the Eastern Cape regions.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe under fire over National Working Committee's report on a visit to the Eastern Cape regions.

The ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting continues today after the national working committee (NWC) was locked in a meeting yesterday.

The NEC meeting was supposed to have continued yesterday but on Saturday ANC leaders were unhappy with the secretary-general office's report for not including the violence that erupted at the Eastern Cape conference that elected Oscar Mabuyane as chairman.

The NEC had expected that the NWC report on a visit to the Eastern Cape regions would be part of a report presented by Gwede Mantashe to the meeting.

According to sources who attended the meeting, the NWC members demanded to know why their report was not presented at the meeting.

Mantashe's report had recommended that a team outside the NEC be established to investigate members' complaints over the conference and report back to the NEC.

During the Eastern Cape conference last month delegates threw chairs at each other resulting in some being admitted to hospital.

A team of NEC members who oversaw the proceedings of the conference - including Zizi Kodwa, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Lindiwe Zulu - took a decision after a vote to allow the conference to go ahead despite the violence.

Mabuyane was contesting the position of chairman against Phumulo Masualle, who lost.

Masualle wrote a letter to Mantashe's office complaining about the credentials of the conference. The letter was co-signed by several former provincial executive committee (PEC) members.

Masualle's move was supported by presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's faction because Mabuyane's faction wants Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over from President Jacob Zuma.

Several sources confirmed to Sowetan that Mantashe's office came under "very harsh criticism" for tabling a report on the disputed Eastern Cape ANC conference which lacked detail.

"In fact our view was that the report was very similar to a report the NEC got from the newly elected Eastern Cape PEC. The only difference was the conclusion. We had to reject the report and ask the NWC to sit again on Sunday and redo the report," said an NEC member who attended the meeting.

The NWC was instructed to meet yesterday and draft a new report.

The report was expected to be debated by the NEC late yesterday where a decision would be taken whether to disband the Eastern Cape leadership or not.

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