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ANC puts end to early elective conference speculations

The party confirmed it will not hold early elective conference but will have a policy conference in June 2017.

Gwede Mantashe of the ANC's NEC addresses the media at Luthuli House on Fees Must Fall. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress(ANC) says it's now formally decided not to have an early conference, because branches and regions want to work on unifying the organisation before a national gathering.

The party has also confirmed it will only hold a policy conference in June next year, which means that its national conference is only like to be held as originally scheduled towards the end of 2017.

The National Executive Committee has called on students to go back to class, and for the violence on campuses to stop.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says relations between its alliance partners Congress of South African Trade Unions and the South African Communist Party have deteriorated sharply.

"To address these challenges, bilateral talks between alliance partners will continue - we have started. The alliance secretariat political council will also meet, in a series of meetings, to develop a programme towards the 2017 alliance summit."

ANC UNHAPPY WITH ESKOM'S DECISION TO SUSPEND IPP PROGRAMME

At the same time, the NEC says it's unhappy with the decision by Eskom to stop granting contracts to independent power producers.

Eskom has said it doesn't want to sign any more of the contracts, because it doesn't want to be stuck in contracts when it could producer power at a lower cost.

But national government had taken the decision that Eskom would sign these contracts, to start an independent power producer industry.

Mantashe says, "The ANC further expressed its discomfort with Eskom's decision to suspend the independent power producer programme, which is in direct contradiction to what has been adopted as policy of the ANC."