Duarte tries to calm hostile NW ANC members

2021-Oct-16   09:39

Duarte tries to calm hostile NW ANC members
ANC Deputy Secretary General, Jessie Duarte, has assured party members in the North West that the party still plans to convene an elective congress to afford members an opportunity to elect their preferred provincial leadership.
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- Thabang Morutloa

ANC Deputy Secretary General, Jessie Duarte, has assured party members in the North West that the party still plans to convene an elective congress to afford members an opportunity to elect their preferred provincial leadership.

Duarte said this when she was canvassing votes for the 1 November local government elections in Mahikeng on Thursday.

The province has not had an elected leadership since the disbandment of a  Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) that was led by former Premier, Supra Mahumapelo.

The party instead established a Provincial Interim Task Team, which was then dissolved and succeeded by the current Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) led by Hlomani Chauke. This IPC's mandate includes, amongst others, leading the province to an elective congress.

During her address to the community, Duarte said the ANC still has hope for an elective congress.

“You don’t have an elected leadership here in your province. You are under the leadership of an IPC. We want to go to conference of the ANC as soon as possible, so that you have permanent leaders for at least five years,” Duarte said.

Meanwhile, disgruntled North West ANC  members earlier called for the implementation of the 2018 court decision for Mahumapelo’s PEC to be reinstated.

However, when responding to the threats made by the Matlosana sub-region to take the ANC to court over rigged party candidates list, Duarte condemned the ANC members for always running to the courts to resolve the party’s internal matters.

“In the North West there's a habit that people who don’t get their way always take the ANC to court. They are welcome. We will be there to defend the ANC. Secondly, let me say this, the elections committee led by Comrade Kgalema Motlanthe has undertaken that after the elections they will come back and deal with all the disputes that are unfinished. So they have agreed to start at the beginning of the month, ppla1àbut to start hearings only after the 18th of November,” said Duarte.

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