Mpumalanga SANCO holds 7th elective congress

Mpumalanga SANCO holds 7th elective congress
INSIDE THERE: SANCO delegates at the Aventura Resort in Badplaas during its 7th elective congress on Friday (2 Jun). PICTURE BY Supplied/Chris Mashele.

The civic organisation resolved to support a decision taken by its national structure to support ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of the ANC’s elective congress in December 2017.

The South African National Civic Organisation held its provincial elective congress, electing its leadership and taking major decisions.

Over 650 delegates from all four Mpumalanga regions attended the civic organisation’s 7th congress at the Aventura Resort in Badplaas on Friday.

National chairman David Mkhwanazi addressed the congress and emphasised on the importance of the presence of the civic organisation in our society as a movement of community members, preaching development.

Provincial chairman James Skhosana returned  to his seat as well as secretary Mike Soko.

Chrisjan Mokoena emerged as Skhosana’s deputy while Lekwa sub-region chairman Linda Dhlamini comes in as Soko’s deputy.

Delegates also elected Phakamile Twala, Doctor Mwale, Roy Ledwaba, George Mthimunye, Lemias Mashile, Thuli Nkosi, Daniel Kabini, David Masombuka,

Willie Msiza, Anastacia Covaloh, Sonto Radebe, Siki Sithole, Juliet Radebe-Khumalo, Chris Magagula, Nunu McDonald, Walter Sithole, Judith Mkhize, Elizabeth Mashele, Tumale Mashego and Tshidiso Makhubedo as additional members of SANCO’s provincial executive committee.

In a statement released late on Saturday, Soko said as SANCO in the Mpumalanga province they have an interest in who leads the ANC ahead of its national elective congress.

Mpumalanga SANCO holds 7th elective congress
Alliance leaders from the ANC, SACP and COSATU attended the congress.

“The conference reaffirmed SANCO’s interest in the leadership of the ANC as the leader of the alliance,” said Soko.

“Thus agreed that it is of utmost importance for SANCO as [an] alliance partner to seek to influence the leadership of the ANC for as long it remains the leader of the alliance,” he said.


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Soko said the alliance is currently at its weakest state because of the “continued self-haemorrhage of the ANC”.

“[This] mainly [is] resulted by factions and parasitic patronage networks within the ANC and government,” the secretary said.

Mpumalanga SANCO holds 7th elective congress
Provincial secretary Mike Soko

He said the conference called on SANCO members to be on the watch in their respective branches of Nkangala, Gert Sibande, Hlanzeni and Bohlabela regions and work hard to unite the alliance as well as “rescuing the ANC from the current impasse”.

Soko said they have seen attempts to sabotage SANCO programmes as well as “the victimisation of SANCO leaders and members and some have lost their jobs or political deployment because of their commitment to SANCO”.

He called on the ANC to implement the alliance summit resolutions taken in April 2016 to unite and make sure the alliance remains intact.

“Conference also condemned any forms or efforts to capture the state at all levels and therefore supports the call for the Judicial Commission to investigate the alleged state capture.

“We also call on SANCO members to report the efforts by some scrupulous individuals to capture and influence procurement process at local and provincial government in Mpumalanga,” said Soko.

(edited by ZK)

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