The much-anticipated ANC Amathole regional elective conference, which has already been postponed several times, has again been rescheduled.
The decision to postpone the conference, due to take place this weekend, was taken on Monday by a provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting in King William’s Town which found that not all the branches were ready.
The new proposed date is the weekend of March 10 to 12.
The elective conference for the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) is set for the same weekend.
Amathole’s latest postponement – the fourth – was confirmed yesterday by the party’s provincial secretary, Oscar Mabuyane.
He said the decision was to allow about 25 branches in the region to convene their branch general meetings (BGMs) before the Sunday cut-off.
Amathole and NMBM are the only two Eastern Cape ANC regions yet to go to conference and elect new leaders ahead of the provincial elective conference scheduled for late July.
Both regional conferences, which are expected to be closely contested, have been postponed a couple of times.
Mabuyane yesterday said the PEC had resolved that both conferences “must sit at all costs” before the provincial elective congress scheduled for July.
“The reason for the Amathole postponement is that there are 25 branches that need to be given an opportunity to convene their BGMs between now and Sunday as they were declared eligible by the audit committee to go and participate in the conference.
“We are expecting those branches to give us dates for their BGMs between now and Sunday, while the PEC and the regional executive committee will be on standby to ensure that all those branches are attended to in a proper manner,” said Mabuyane.
He said among those branches “were those that have had their term of office lapsing constitutionally, while they had already had their BGMs in December.
“Our interpretation is that those BGMs remain valid, but the branch itself must correct its constitutional standing so that it goes to the conference as a branch in good standing constitutionally.
“That will not affect the BGMs that sat and chose delegates as those elected delegates will remain,” Mabuyane said.
Current Amathole regional secretary Teris Ntuthu, who is looking at another term, will go toe-to-toe with businessman Ndoda Ntlikithi, while former football administrator Andile “Ace” Ncobo will vie for the chairmanship against former Nkonkobe municipal manager Khanyile “KC” Maneli. — firstname.lastname@example.org