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‘You’re tarnishing ANC’s name, you’re doing wrong things’

Flying chairs, insults and a succession of delays was how the Ekurhuleni regional conference was characterised.

Delayed by a day, the conference, which was originally scheduled to conclude its business at 11am on Sunday only got around to nominating candidates that would make up the regional leadership just before 3pm.

Delegates got a tongue lashing from NEC member Mduduzi Manana, who said the behaviour tainted the brand of the ANC.

“Please man, the media is here and you’re doing wrong things. You’re tarnishing the name of the ANC… don’t do that,” Manana said.

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On Saturday, outgoing Gauteng provincial chairperson David Makhura described the delegates’ behaviour as “shameful”.

Makhura also condemned the infighting that had seen heavily armed security guarding the conference venue, describing it as a war zone.

The region’s organisational report painted a glossy image, stating that “the region has been largely characterised by activism and stability despite robust contestation and internal organisation divisions”.

“The ANC in Ekurhuleni has maintained stable alliance relations, active branches, an effective ANC caucus and quality coalition of pro-poor governance with commendable achievements from the period of 2016-2021,” states part of the report.

It said there had been a number of organisational challenges within the region both internal and external at provincial and national level, which had weighed heavily on the region.

However, while tabling the report, regional secretary Thembinkosi “TK” Nciza said there were glaring weaknesses, which still remained within the branches of the ANC.

He said these included season activism, the bureaucratisation of branches and branches not playing leadership roles on matters relating to service delivery.

“Branches are active at election time and during conferences. This is a weakness that can only be addressed when there is a standing branch programme of action with local content.

“The relationship between branches and councillors continue to be fraught with many personality clashes. Our branches continue to trail behind concerned groups when they are supposed to serve as custodians of service delivery in the ward,” the report reads.

Mzwandile Masina was running for a third term for regional chairperson and was going up against Doctor Xhakaza, the region’s treasurer.

Preliminary election results last night showed Masina emerging victorious. He got 163 votes while Xhakaza received 151.

Complaints and allegations over disputes saw conference proceedings delayed by more than a day. About eight branches had initially been disqualified from participating in the conference.

But on Sunday, an elections agent informed plenary at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg, that five branches had been condoned and allowed to participate in conference.

“I’ve received 129 nomination packages. A signed verification reported indicated 98 branches qualified and nine disqualified. One didn’t appear on verification report and there were 21 duplicates.

“We’ve been advised to add five more branches that have been condoned and now 103 branches qualify for conference. Those five additional branches will be quarantined,” the elections officer said.

Dlabathi was leading for deputy chairperson position with 163 votes against Teliswa Mngweba who got 150.

Nciza who was seeking re-election as secretary got 170 votes while his opponent Nokuthula Xaba received 142.

Moipone Mhlongo was leading with 162 votes against Andile Mgwevu who got 149 votes for the deputy secretary position. Sello Skhokho had 167 votes while Absalom Budeli got 145 for the treasurer position.

The elections had not yet been declared as there were still 19 votes under quarantine. Only once the disputes from the five branches have been resolved will those votes count.

The quarantined results are expected to be declared on Tuesday.

Should Masina’s slate win, it would mean a huge endorsement for Lebogang Maile, who is gunning for the provincial chairperson position.

Maile’s opponent in the lead up to the provincial conference, Panyaza Lesufi, is said to be supported by Xhakaza’s slate.

Lesufi received a boost over the weekend when those supporting him won a clean sweep at the Sedibeng regional conference.

Thulani Kunene, who was elected uncontested, was elected Sedibeng regional chairperson on Saturday.

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