Mantashe disappointed in those pushing rumours of his possible removal

Elias Hubbard
November 15, 2017

"We note challenges of convening BGMs (branch general meetings) during the week and have agreed to a grace period to, at the very latest, the end of this weekend, Sunday 19th November 2017, to complete all BGMs", Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg following an extended ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting.

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday expressed concern about the instability in Zimbabwe while dismissing intervention proposals. The Conference will be convened under the theme, "Remember Tambo: Towards unity, renewal and radical socio-economic transformation" and is expected to be attended by 5240 voting delegates.

The ANC says it's discussing a report on the chaotic Eastern Cape Provincial Conference. Ninety percent of them would be delegates elected at branches.

Mantashe has been criticised for once saying that current Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa should become president and that Dlamini-Zuma should be his deputy.

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said on Twitter there has not been any discussions to remove Mantashe.

There were major disagreements in the NEC over whether the newly elected provincial leadership led by chairperson Oscar Mabuyane should remain in their positions or not.

A task team of seven members - four from the national executive committee (NEC) and three "technical" staffers - were assigned to the province to deal with the appeal. KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape are also engaged in court battles over their respective provincial congresses.

He said the REC was expected to continue with its work, which includes the overseeing of branch general meetings and preparation for the upcoming conference.

The elective conference, where President Jacob Zuma's successor will emerge, will be held in Johannesburg next month.

At the meeting, the NEC resolved to uphold the decision of the PEC.

The four NEC members are Sbu Ndebele, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Joyce Moloi-Moropa and Sdumo Dlamini.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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