ANC NEC to hold first meeting

ANC's new National Executive Committee will elect members to the NWC and NDC.

ANC President Jacob Zuma speaking at the end of the 53rd ANC conference in Mangaung. Picture: ANC

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC's new National Executive Committee (NEC) will hold its first meeting on Friday in a gathering that is likely to dictate the future path of the organisation for the next five years.

Officials are expected to elect members to the powerful National Working Committee (NWC) and the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC).

This is a crucial meeting because the ANC's NWC tends to run the day-to-day business of the organisation.

Whoever sits on this committee has a powerful voice in how the organisation responds to issues.

But there will also be indications of the future direction of ANC policy, as the NEC will elect chairs to the various policy commissions.

The key prize for NEC members will be a seat at the NWC.

While many of the previous NWC members are likely to return, several people who were opposed to President Jacob Zuma may lose their seats.

One of those is Pallo Jordan and the fate of Tony Yengeni will also be watched closely.

Zuma appears to hold most of the political power within the new NEC and thus he may want to ensure that members of the NDC are carefully chosen.

The NDC has also become important in recent years, after it played a crucial role in the expulsion of former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema from the party last April.

But some members will be angling for policy committee posts that would allow them to control discussions around issues like economic and social transformation.