ANC 2017 Elective Conference

'Provincial leaders with large voting numbers could impact vote'

I’ve always loved politics – it’s in my blood says author, academic and political analyst Professor Richard Calland.

If you love politics, elections are kind of the epicentre of that love because that’s when power gets determined.

Richard Calland, UCT department of public law

Calland says that there are a number of delegates from each province, which in turn is determined by the branch numbers.

There’s an extraordinary shift in the ANC away from the kind of cosmopolitan centers of Johannesburg and Pretoria and Port Elizabeth and other places.

Richard Calland, UCT Department of Public Law

There’s a shift towards areas in the North West, Mpumalanga and the Free State which have grown exponentially says Calland. He adds that those provincial leaders now yield power within the ANC because of the voting numbers they bring.

I am expecting a bit of a backlash against that in the outcome of this vote, later today.

Richard Calland, UCT Department of Public Law

Calland complains that the media and commentators were shepherded in and out of the plenary session.

I asked Gwede Mantashe about it in his last press conference and he tried to justify this paranoia, as I call it, around having the media and commentator analysts like me, having direct contact to the actual delegates.

Richard Calland, UCT Department of Public Law

Calland adds that it’s strange because these are the people entrusted with the job of selecting the new leadership of the ANC, 'yet they don’t trust them to talk to us'.

Listen to more of Callands statements in the audio below...


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