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Limpopo, WC ANC allowed conference reruns

The ANC’s NEC will give the WC & Limpopo until Wednesday to nominate candidates.

The ANC said it will give the Western Cape and Limpopo until Wednesday to nominate candidates.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday said it will allow the Western Cape and Limpopo to rerun their nomination conferences.

But the party said provinces will still be able to make their voices heard even if they do not manage to do that.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said provinces will not lose their right to nominate.

He said they will simply have to do so from the floor at the upcoming elective conference in Mangaung.

ANC branches will vote for new party leaders at the December conference.

"The provinces will forfeit their rights to nominate and will therefore only be able to exercise their nominating right from the floor."

The ANC's National Executive Committee decided the Western Cape and Limpopo would be given until Wednesday to finalise their conferences.

WC 'CONFIDENT'

Western Cape ANC chairperson Marius Fransman said he is confident the province will be able to hold a peaceful nomination conference on Wednesday, with the help of officials.

Voting could not take place at the weekend because of verification issues with some branches.

But a national task team will be on standby to deal with all issues that may arise at Wednesday's conference.

"We believe we'll be able to reconvene and there will be a few issues, and those issues will be settled," said Fransman.

Regional Executive Committee member Andile Lili on Monday said some people were being forced to side with President Jacob Zuma's camp.

But Fransman did not seem perturbed by these claims.