Attempts by Zuma faction to scupper elective conference: Karima Brown

The African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meet this morning after three postponements at the weekend.

On Sunday afternoon, the National Working Committee met to discuss Secretary- General Gwede Mantashe's organizational report.

The special meeting comes just weeks before the party holds its elective conference in December.

Mantashe indicated that they want to ensure branches meet Wednesday’s deadline to hold their general meetings where the nomination of leaders takes place.

Since Saturday that National Executive Committee couldn't actually sit, what you had was the smaller meetings.

Karima Brown, political analyst

What happened was it was postponed thrice and the reason for this is the fight around what is contained in the report that was tabled for the National Executive Committee. Sources inside the meeting indicated that the secretary-general came under heavy attack and what happened was that the meeting of the national working committee then continued to sit to review what the report is containing.

Karima Brown, political analyst

Brown says the delay supports speculation that an attempt is being made by the Zuma faction to collapse the elective conference.

So a whole range of issues still up in the air but it is very clear from people who attended that meeting that the Zuma faction is in fact the one's that are arguing against the content of the report by the secretary general. But some of the people in the Cyril Ramaphosa campaign saying it is desperation under the part of the Zuma faction, with under 40 days to go before conference, they need the Eastern Cape to be in dispute for their faction to have some kind of sway.

Karima Brown, political analyst

READ: Concern that December conference will collapse - Karima Brown

Last week we saw former finance minister Trevor Manual suggesting that there is an attempt on the part of the Zuma faction to collapse the conference and increasingly that is beginning to gain traction.

Karima Brown, political analyst

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