THE OFFICIAL ANC NEWSPAPER

Province’s regions ready for regional conferences

The African National Congress (ANC) in Bokone Bophirima said preparations for Elective Regional Conferences in Bojanala, Dr Kenneth Kaunda and Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati districts are well underway. 
 
ANC provincial spokesperson, Gerald Modise, said there was a delay in holding these conferences, but it is now all systems go.
 
“We have been ready to hold regional elective conferences across the province since 2016. However, we experienced indefinite postponements from the then ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) through the office of the Secretary General. Our Regional Elective Conferences were supposed to sit in 2016, but they were postponed because of the 2016 Local Government Elections,” he said. 
 
Then when elective conferences were supposed to sit last year, they were postponed again “because
of the 54th ANC National Conference” that was held in December at the Nasrec Expo, south of Johannesburg. Modise said there was then a court judgment against  38 branches in Bojanala, which barred delegates from these branches from participating in leadership elections and directed the ANC to fix the problem after the conference.
 
“We can confirm that we have done a re-run of 33 branches as the other five blatantly refuse to convene and sign membership for those branches. We will engage all stakeholders in those regions and ensure that the elective conferences run smoothly,” said Modise this week.
 
“We have realized that there is a lack of discipline among individuals, but we will address that as the PEC. The aim is to have structures in place as we prepare for 2019 National Elections. Those who refuse to convene branch meetings and organize branch elective conference … we will continue without them,” he said.   
 
He said all other regional conferences would be held in two weeks’ time.
 
When leaders of ANC Bokone Bophirima regions held a joint press briefing last month in Mahikeng, they too asked to be allowed to hold regional conferences. 
 
“We are making a call to both national and provincial leadership of the organization not to deny regions their constitutional obligation to go to
regional conferences. We are ready to hold conferences. We have been in some cases advised by the national leadership previously not to proceed, despite the fact that we were ready. Regional Conferences have been mainly
postponed due to local government elections in 2016 and last December’s national conference,” they said in a statement.  

They added that branches as legitimate constitutional structures of the organization are demanding regional conferences. 

“Any argument casting aspersions that branches are not ready are disingenuous, as 99% of these branches
participated at the 54th ANC National Conference.
We can't allow a situation where regional conferences are held at ransom by loud voices of the minority who don't have any interest of renewing and building the organization. Let us respect and honour the often silent voices of the majority”. 

These regional leaders also called for members of the Revolutionary Council to be taken through the ANC’s disciplinary processes. 

“In line with the national conference resolution and the supreme law of the ANC, we are calling for the immediate suspension of some members of the Revolutionary Council who publicly - by
own admission - confirmed that they are responsible for these sporadic protests in our province. They must further be subjected to the organizational disciplinary tribunal,” they said.