Mantashe arrives at UJ amid registration delays

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe is interacting with delegates and admin staff to understand what is causing the frustration and holdup.

FILE: ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has arrived at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to find out why registration appears to have been delayed as delegates register for the national congress.

Mantashe is still locked in a closed meeting at the university of Johannesburg to discuss the registration process. He is accompanied by his deputy Jessie Duarte.

Mantashe is interacting with delegates and admin staff to understand what is causing the frustration and hold-up.

One woman told Mantashe that some of the voting delegates' names are not on the system.

Inside the hall, delegates are waiting for clarity on what impact the decision taken by the NEC regarding certain delegates affected by the court cases in three provinces will have on the registration process.

The national executive committee has decided that officials barred by courts from attending the gathering will not take part in voting.

Mantashe made the announcement earlier and said it was in the interest of the conference.

“The decision taken there is that it’s the Free State, it’s KwaZulu-Natal and then Bojanala. All the structures that are nullified will not be voting delegates at the conference. We’re not going to try any idea that will actually contaminate the conference.”

On Friday the courts ruled that senior officials in two provinces seen as backing Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma for party leader had been illegally elected and therefore could not attend.

Mantashe is expected to brief the media shortly.