Ahead of tomorrow’s ANC’s Provincial General Council (PGC) meeting to be held at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), the Dullah Omar region, the biggest of the six ANC regions in the province with over 90 branches consisting of 18 000 members, has opted to support deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe for the presidential position comes Mangaung next month.
This emerged during a Regional General Council (RGC) meeting held on Wednesday evening in Khayelitsha, where the region nominated Mathew Phosa for the position of deputy president.
Provincial ANC Youth League chairperson Khaya Yozi, who was part of the meeting, confirmed the nominations of Fikile Mbalula as secretary general, Tokyo Sexwale for treasury and chairperson for Thandi Modise went “uncontested”.
Yozi said only three of the 55 Dullah Omar region delegates nominated President Jacob Zuma for a second term, with the rest of the delegates naming Motlanthe as Presidential candidate.
The aim of the meeting was for the delegates to decide their preferred nominees for the ANC’s top six leaders, name their 80 national executive committee members, and decide what policies needed to be discussed in Mangaung.
However, only 55 branches of the more than 90 branches in the region passed the procedural audit to qualify to go Mangaung next month, with five of them failing their audit, said Dullah Omar region secretary Vuyiso Tyhalisisu.
One of the delegates, Andile Peter, said he was happy with the outcome of ANC’s top six leadership nominees.
Peter described Mangaung as “monster and a very complex situation,” he said “because members would vote secretly in a ballot box so they may vote for anyone they choose to vote for”.
He said tomorrow’s PGC was meant to urge delegates going to Mangaung to stick with what the province has nominated for the top six leadership positions.
Peter said during Wednesday’s meeting the battle was between the presidential position and that of the deputy, citing that it was evident that still there was no unity within the ANC.
Yozi said the meeting was “in good shape and standing”.
Yozi said the Dullah Omar region had “good relations” with the South Cape, West Coast, Boland, Overberg and Karoo regions.
He said all these regions opted for change and had nominated Motlanthe for President.
“Tomorrow we are going to reaffirm our RGC outcomes,” said Yozi.
So far, 28 of the 31 branches in the South Coast had held general meetings to choose and mandate delegates for Mangaung, while plans were under way for other branches to meet by yesterday, as branch should be held before today’s PGC.
The Southern Cape region has about 7 000 members.
The PGC will determine a provincial position on party leadership.
Mapitiza said most branches had nominated ANC NEC member and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale as ANC treasurer.
The West Coast region Mika Mahlaule has about 8 000 members.
17 of 32 branches in the West Coast, according to a reliable source, had held their meetings and nominated Kgalema Motlanthe as President. - Sandiso Phaliso