Mabuyane said there was nothing wrong with the step-aside resolution.
“The ANC is bigger than all of us and we’re here to save it from us as members and leaders from the public.”
A week ago, KwaZulu-Natal kicked off the debate around the scrapping of the step-aside rule when provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo announced the province would be pushing for it to be scrapped.
On Sunday, Mtolo said KZN was merely supporting the position of Limpopo and Gauteng.
“People forget there were provinces who said this before us. We were supporting Gauteng,” he said.
“Even there, step-aside affects ANC members and has nothing to do with South Africans.”
Meanwhile, a policy proposal for ANC members over the age of 65 years old not to avail themselves for positions was also put to the conference.
The proposal was put by Congress of South African Students national spokesperson Douglas Ngobeni on Saturday.
Members of the ANC are alleged to have chuckled at Ngobeni’s recommendation while those in the ANC Youth League are said to have applauded it.
ANC Youth League convener Nonceba Mhlauli said their position was for what happened in the private sector in terms of retirement age to be reciprocated in the public sector.
“We’re not saying people shouldn’t be members of the ANC, we are just saying they shouldn’t be available to be deployed into government and other avenues of public representation.
“The older people were not too impressed because they think we want to kick them out. We’ll definitely advocate for that going to national conference. I think maybe we didn’t do enough lobbying for our view because it’s the view of the youth league and I think we’ll try and get the women’s league.”
Meanwhile, Ngobeni said the country was growing younger, adding it should be reflected in the ruling party and government.
“It’s important the very same age limit to all public servants should be equal to that of politicians.”
Ngobeni said policies weren’t implemented in parliament because politicians fell asleep during parliamentary sessions.
“You can’t blame them because they’re old and tired and we believe it’s something that needs to be changed.
“When you present a policy like that it’s going to be met with maximum unity by people who by the way even differ with factional preferences within the movement because they believe the ANC should be their retirement home.”