- The new plans are an attempt to foster unity in a fragmented ANC
- The elective conference threatens to cause a massive split in the party
- Besides calling for two deputy presidents an additional secretary general is also being discussed
In what appears to be an attempt to maintain unity within the ANC and include the losing candidates in the ANC leadership an idea is being mooted to have two deputy presidents.
Briefly.co.za dicovered that this could reduce the chance of the party splitting which is becoming a very likely scenario amid the increasingly divisive and intolerant atmosphere which is developing around the Congress.
Fikile Mbalul who is head of the ANC sub-committee on organisation development has proposed to include the losing candidates and avoid a winner takes all scenario. according to the citizen.co.za
The losing presidential hopefuls would be included in an expanded national executive committee top six. This would be include two deputy presidents and two secretary-generals essentially expanding the top six to eight.
Mbalua went on to explain that the proposal also includes reducing the overall size of the NEC from 80 members to between 40-60 members.
A new committee is also being planned called the electoral revolutionary council which would interview ANC members for leadership positions.
One of the prerequisites for leadership positions is that the members need to part of the ANC for a certain number of years and have a clear record.
This would not replace the branch nominations but provice a vetting process to select eligible candidates for leadership positions. This is an attempt to have credible leaders and remove the slate policy which has plagued the ANC since Polokwane.
Essentially, slates are pre-selected members of the NEC top six which bypasses the branch nominations for those positions by not allowing the branches to have a democratic voice for the party's leadership.
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