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ANC NEC Day 2: Will Pravin Gordhan be there?

Despite the economy being cited as the main focus, there's been no sign of the finance minister yet.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN
ANC NEC,ANC NEC meeting
Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG –  While there was no no sign of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on the first day of the African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) meeting in Centurion yesterday, , where the economy, alleged Gupta influence and local government elections are set to take centre stage,  it remains to be seen whether he’ll be in attendance today. 

The three-day meeting started yesterday, with a political report from President Jacob Zuma.

It also received a report from the national working committee on the latest developments in the party.

WATCH: Jonas: The Guptas offered me finance minister job

Despite the economy being mentioned as the meeting's main focus, there's been no sign of the finance minister. 

The meeting was opened to the media after Zuma returned from addressing a rally in Soweto.

DYNAMICS WITHIN THE ANC

It seems that most ANC leaders are happy to say they're frustrated with the Gupta family, and believe some action should be taken.

But the real question is whether that anger and frustration is going to be transferred to Zuma, or not.

If the party is not seen to take decisive action here, this entire issue could play into the local government elections and cost the ANC middle class votes.

But the president himself could well argue he had nothing to do with ministerial offers from the Gupta family, and they were made without his knowledge

He could well stand up at today’s meeting and say the controversial family may have been making promises of ministerial jobs, but they had no way of realising those promises and it has nothing to do with him. 

That could however mean he then has to explain why he removed Nhlanhla Nene from the Finance Department. 

WATCH: 'Relationship between Zuma & Guptas is a corrupt one'

It also means Zuma could come under intense pressure over Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. 

Zwane’s office has confirmed he travelled to Switzerland to help the Gupta's land a deal for a coal mine, even though the Guptas have denied this. 

Hovering over all of this is the Constitutional Court's Nkandla ruling, which could find Zuma has to repay government money spent on his home.

WATCH: Zuma reacts to alleged ‘Gupta appointments’

VOTERS ROLL

Meanwhile, the ruling party says it supports the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s application to the Constitutional Court, to clarify which addresses need to be included on the voters roll.

The upcoming local government elections will feature prominently during the party’s NEC in Centurion today. 

Earlier this month by-elections in five provinces were postponed due to an electoral court ruling which compels the IEC to add home addresses to the voters roll.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says the highest court in the country must clarify what this means.

“It is asking for a declaratory order on what is meant by an address and whether it is applicable. We support that process.”


(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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