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Proposed changes to the ANC’s disciplinary committees not to ‘capture’ the party

Major changes in the ANC’s disciplinary structures could lie in wait for those of the ruling party 55th National Elections Conference in Dec.

city ​​press has reported that the ANC’s subcommittees are full of Ramaphosa’s allies, while his opponents are being kicked out as president looking for a second term

According to the publication, ANC officials, who are not members of the party’s national executive committee (NEC), may be part of the disciplinary subcommittees in a move seen as being driven by Ramaphosa’s faction.

The move comes after the ANC’s National Working Committee (NWC) passed the proposal this week, and the changes could lead to major changes in the party’s subcommittees, most notably the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) and the National Disciplinary Appeals Board (NDCA).

With an NEC meeting scheduled for later in March, the highest decision-making committee is expected to finalize the proposed changes.

‘Ineffective NDC’

Former Minister of State Security Bongani Bongo, former Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni and Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa are among the notable names to be launched by the NDC.

Former Labor Secretary Mildred Oliphant, the current head of the NDC, will also leave the disciplinary committee.

Earlier this year, Oliphant accused of bias as head of the NDC at a NEC meeting, with some members calling for the committee’s dissolution for failing to keep ANC leaders — such as suspended Secretary General Ace Magashule — in line.

Although the NDC has been labeled ineffective, the committee’s minutes — between 2014 and 2021 — show that the disciplinary committee met 26 times over the eight-year period to deliberate on cases against party members, the committee said. Daily Maverick

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Meanwhile, former Minister of State Security Siyabonga Cwele, former Deputy Minister of Water and Environment Rejoice Mabudafhasi, former Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize and Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola will be removed from the NDCA.

Lamola is expected to take over as chair of Mkhize’s subcommittee on legal and constitutional affairs.

Former Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane, who heads the NDCA, will also receive the boat, but Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises Phumulo Masualle and former Prime Minister of the Northern Cape Sylvia Lucas will retain their positions on the committee.

‘Conflict of interest’

The ANC’s disciplinary structures were later accused of being selective dissolved to implement the resolution of the party’s Nasrec conference in March 2021.

The resolution forced all members to face serious criminal charges to step aside within 30 days or face disciplinary action, but some members argued that these disciplinary action was applied selective and along faction lines to clear opponents.

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Now with the potential changes to disciplinary subcommittees in some places, an NEC member said it was “nonsense” to accuse Ramaphosa of trying to get hold of the ANC’s most strategic committees.

“There is an inherent conflict of interest with disciplinary issues when NEC members are involved,” the source said.

The NEC member continued: “It’s about taking the influence of political considerations out of the disciplinary processes.”

Meanwhile, another NEC member said most disciplinary cases “take too long” because of the other obligations NEC members have, as some of them sit on other subcommittees and in government.

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