ANC NEC, stalwarts deliberate on consultative conference

Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says two days of the party’s policy conference will be set aside to look at the issues raised by the stalwarts.

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JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) says a proposed consultative conference by the party’s veterans has been one of the issues that has deliberated at Saturday’s meeting.

The NEC is currently holding a conference in Pretoria to discuss the state of the party and the direction its taking.

Some ANC stalwarts have previously called on President Jacob Zuma to step down and raised concerns about the party especially under his leadership.

Party veterans met with the ANC’s working committee twice this week in what has been described as a progressive meeting.

Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says, “It went very well, and the outcome of that meeting is now input to the NEC.”

Mantashe says two days of the party’s policy conference next year will be set aside to look at the issues raised by the stalwarts.

“What they propose is a consultative conference, but [to] look into the health of the organisation broadly.”

While there have been calls from some ANC members for Zuma to step down, Mantashe has reiterated that the debate on succession has not officially been opened.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)