There are no plans to extend the ANC’s five-day elective conference beyond today, the party’s spokeswoman Khusela Sangoni-Khawe announced on Tuesday night.
The conference, which started on Friday, is scheduled to end today. In a statement, Sangoni-Khawe said even though the commission on organisational renewal – which is responsible for coming up with ideas of how to make the 104-year-old movement the mass-based organisation it once was – has yet to wrap up its agenda, the elective meeting won’t be extended beyond midnight tonight.
She said if needs be, the plennary will have to continue with its programme until midnight.
“There is no plan to extend”, she said.
The conference saw Cyril Ramaphosa elected as the new ANC President.
He replaced former President Jacob Zuma in a bruising contest which saw comrades turning against each other.
This was after Ramaphosa defeated Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with 2440 votes against Dlamini-Zuma’s 2261 votes.
The process of electing the 80 additional members of the national executive committee started in earnest on Tuesday night.
The results would be announced today.
The NEC is a very important structure, according to the ANC’s constitution, as it is the second highest decision making body to the national conference.
Who gets elected to the Ramaphosa-led executive will confirm whether the delegates’ committment to build a united ANC has been followed to the latter, as there were two competing lists from supporters of both Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma.
The quality of personalities who get elected to the new NEC is very critical to the renewal of the party, as for the first time since the ANC’s unbanning, the top six is a “mixed bag” of leaders from two camps.