ANC IPC in North West more than ready to hold provincial elective conference next month

The Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) of the African National Congress (ANC) in the North West claims it is more than ready to hold its provincial elective conference next month. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the November local government elections, the much-anticipated meeting had to be postponed earlier.

Since the dissolution of the provincial executive committee led by former premier Supra Mahumapelo in 2018, the province has been operating under an interim framework.

The North West ANC Interim Provincial Committee’s main mandate since it was established three years ago, has been to forge unity and rebuild party structures in the province. This would have been followed by the provincial conference, where new leadership were to be elected.

However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and last year’s local government elections, the process was delayed.

The co-ordinator for the IPC, Hlomani Chauke, says they are now ready to host the conference.

“We have already set up the date to conference to be the 18th and 29th of March.

All the committees of conference have been established. In terms of structures from the ground we have given them starting this weekend to go to their pre-BBGM’s, meaning that its a process in which they verify membership of the branch.”

Chauke says their priority for now is the provincial conference, and the regional conferences will follow later.

“Any region that is ready will go to conference, for now our focus has been the provincial conference.

So in terms of the road map we are prioritising the provincial conference and I think but regions that can be ready before that they can then have to go through if not obvious the incoming leadership will have to help facilitate that process for the regions to go to their conferences.”

New Leaders

Political analyst, professor Andre Duvenhage, says although contestation is still open, the determining factor in choosing new leaders will be if the province will support the CR22 faction led by President Cyril Ramaphosa or the Radical Economic Transformation grouping.

According to rumors, current Premier Bushy Maape, former Premier Supra Mahumapelo, IPC Coordinator Hlomane Chauke, and former Member of Parliament Nono Maloi plan to run for office.

Maape and Chauke, two of the candidates, are thought to be close to President Ramaphosa.

Duvenhage clarifies. “What’s fascinating is that in the North West, we have Mr Supra Mahumapelo, who is the powerful man. He is linked to the so-called RET group, which includes Ace Magashule, Jacob Zuma, and others. The process is still quite open at this point.”

Meanwhile, the interim provincial leadership has announced that all branches would have general meetings to elect branch leadership and delegates to the provincial conference.

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