Mangaung fears are inflated – Phosa

ANC supporters wave the party's flag. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News.
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JOHANNESBURG - The ANC is not worried that last week's collapsed conference in the Eastern Cape might be an indication of how its national elective conference in Mangaung will turn out. 

The conference was supposed to elect new leaders for the region and effectively serve as a proxy vote to determine the levels of support for President Jacob Zuma in the Eastern Cape. 

Allegations of inflated membership numbers surrounded the event. 

Since the regional conference collapse, some ANC members fear the ruling party’s elective conference in December might go the same way, where the conference will be dissolved if the results don't favour a specific faction.

Mangaung is expected to be a closely contested conference between Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe.

But ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa believes fears over the ANC conference are exaggerated.

“From an ANC point of view, Mangaung will be a very successful conference. Like any other elective conference, it creates its own tensions and fears.”

The OR Tambo region, the second-largest ANC region in South Africa, will reconvene its conference in the next few weeks, the ANC said.

The Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee took control of the region after the failed election.

Earlier this year Free State and North West conferences were disrupted because of leadership problems.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)