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Deadline for ANC branches to finish meetings & submissions extended

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says the branches have until this weekend to make their submissions.

FILE: ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa addresses the media at Luthuli House in Johannesburg following the ANC NWC meeting after President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet reshuffle. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has once again extended the deadline for the party’s branches to finish their meetings and submit nominations for the leadership race next month.

The party’s branches had until last Sunday to hold branch general meetings and nominate leaders for next month’s conference.

The initial deadline lapsed last week. And secretary-general Gwede Mantashe extended the grace period to this past Sunday.

The ANC previously set last week’s deadline to allow the party’s electoral commission enough time to sift through the nominations and for the party to deal with disputes arising from branch general meetings.

But the organisation has now extended the deadline by another five days to allow more branches to nominate leaders.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says the branches have until this weekend to make their submissions.

“There is still a number of branches that may want to convene other meetings for one reason or another.”

The ANC says while it's reached the necessary threshold to enable the party to hold its elective conference in December, it doesn’t want to exclude branches that missed the deadline to nominate leaders.

Kodwa said: “We decided that we shouldn’t exclude branches on the basis of a deadline. The deadline must just be a benchmark to change the programme.”

The party says over 70% of branches, the threshold needed to hold the conference, have sent their nominations but they want to give more branches a chance to do the same.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)