The long-awaited ANC The electoral conference in Mpumalanga, scheduled for next weekend, has been postponed again, as internal divisions in the province soured.
The provincial conference has been postponed several times after fighting between the factions turned violent.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as ANC leader, will be in Mpumalanga on Monday to resolve the faction squabble between the branches. Some party members have reportedly approached the courts to ban the provincial conference, citing industry and regional disputes that have never been resolved.
According to the provincial task team coordinator Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, the planned conference date of March 11-13 was canceled after some departments protested.
“The National Organizing Committee gave the branches the green light to go back and do the reruns, some are sitting today [Monday] until Thursday, so it would be impossible to get to the conference the next day. So we have to let these branches end and have an audit result,” she told Newzroom Africa†
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Provinces are preparing to hold conferences ahead of December’s national election convention, where Ramaphosa would run for re-election for a second term.
Accompanied by ANC Presidency head Sibongile Besani and National Executive Committee (NEC) member Gwen Ramokgopa, Ramaphosa held closed-door meetings with members.
The last time Mpumalanga elected new leaders was in 2015, when the now Vice President David Mabuza became chairman. Now that the PEC term has long passed, the NEC dissolved the structure last week, replaced by a task team to oversee party functions until a conference was held.
Earlier, provincial task team chairman Mandla Ndlovu told Ramaphosa and party members that the president had “nothing to fear” in Mpumalanga.
“If branches say for the second time that you benefit from it, if that were that call… don’t say no, you should say yes,” Ndlovu said to cheers from the crowd.
Ramaphosa is expected to address party members after closed-door meetings held in Mbombela throughout the day.