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ANC policy conference delegates demand to discuss failure to implement policy

ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe had his hands full on Friday during the first closed session of the party’s national policy conference as delegates demanded accountability from the national executive committee on the state of the organisation and progress with implementing the 2017 policy resolutions.

Led by the newly elected ANC KwaZulu-Natal leadership, the conference delegates argued that it made no sense to discuss new policy proposals when there was no progress report on how far the last set of policy decisions had been implemented.

Mantashe was warned that if the national executive committee “ran away from accounting to the branches” then, it would strengthen perceptions that the president Cyril Ramaphosa-led leadership was “only obsessed with the step-aside rule”.

According to those who attended the session, KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Siboniso Duma gave the national leaders an ultimatum to “either be defeated by a superior logic or take the matter to a vote”.

Others who continued in the debate included KwaZulu-Natal ANC secretary Bheki Mtolo, KwaZulu-Natal ANC youth leader and provincial executive committee member Sizophila Mkhize, as well as Eastern Cape ANC leader Andile Lungisa.

The conference was opened by president Cyril Ramaphosa, who promised that delegates would show their critics that the party was united.

He said:

We will demonstrate, in accordance with ANC tradition, that where we might have different views and approaches on various matters, we are always able to build consensus and emerge with coherent policy positions. This conference needs to send a clear and positive message about our determination to address the challenges that face our people and country.




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