Guptas, elections to top agenda at ANC NEC
While the Gupta saga is expected to feature prominently, there will also be discussions about the elections.
CENTURION - While the African National Congress' (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting grapples with questions about 'state capture' this weekend, the party will also need to assess its readiness for local government elections and an appeal lodged by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in the Constitutional Court.
Several senior leaders and serving Cabinet members spoke out against the Gupta saga this week. Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas's confirmed that he'd been offered Treasury's top post by the Guptas.
At the same time, former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor said the Guptas offered her a ministerial post in exchange for a favourable business decision.
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But one of the most important discussions will be about upcoming elections and whether the party is ready.
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The IEC has appealed a ruling over the recent postponement of by-elections in five provinces.
It is contesting a ruling that the voters' roll for the elections needs to include home addresses, regardless of whether someone has voted before.
The IEC told the Constitutional Court in legal papers that if judges don't give it more time to get the proper addresses of registered voters, it will be impossible to hold local government elections this year.
The commission says that would mean the Constitution is ignored because it demands that elections be held by 16 August.
The ANC has previously lamented the Electoral Court ruling, saying it infringes on people living in informal settlements right to vote.
The party says it has been in discussion with its lawyers over the IEC appeal at the Constitutional Court.
Meanwhile, ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe said that after the elections, members should be allowed to campaign for positions in the party openly.
The NEC meeting will conclude on Sunday.
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