All eyes are on the composition of the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) as the elective conference in Johannesburg enters its final day.
It will need to be seen whether it shapes up similar to the top seven where the Ramaphosa slate scored majority of positions. Only two positions went to the Mkhize camp.
The NEC plays a critical role as it’s in charge of leading the ANC. But it has also been dogged by factionalism in its decision-making. At least 200 nominees were expected to contest for positions on this structure, but some have since withdrawn.
One of the first tasks for the new NEC would be to deal with the handful of lawmakers that went against the party line and voted in favour of the Section 89 report in relation to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala scandal. They wanted the president to face the impeachment process.
Newly elected ANC Secretary General Fikile Mbalula is promising a new party come next year January. He says resolutions taken by the ANC will be implemented.
He conceded that the governing-party has not been conducting its business like a well-run machine. Regarding members who are out of order, Mbalula has warned that lawlessness will not be accepted. He says if they continue with their shenanigans, they must be ready for him.
In recent months the ANC has sitting without a secretary general following the passing of Jessie Duarte. She occupied the position after Ace Magashule was suspended.