The instruction was coming from the NEC and wanted the rule of one ward, one branch, one region and one district to apply – unlike previously when Mpumalanga had two regions in one district.
The Mpumalanga ANC is currently implementing an order given to it in 2018 to align the two regions – Bohlabela and eHlanzeni.
The party is doing this as preparations for a provincial congress that will see deputy president DD Mabuza’s successor in the province elected are underway.
Internal communications leaked to the media this week show the party is due to inform both Bohlabela and eHlanzeni branches about the change. Now Bohlabela will apparently be scrapped off – in line with a government demarcation that the entire area is eHlanzeni.
This will apparently happen during a special regional general council (RGC) and a regional task team (RTT) established.
A PEC source said they decided to implement the NEC instruction ahead of the provincial congress in December this year.
Party spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini said they will make official communications. She said they do not respond to internal communications leaked to the media.
“We have not issued any statement and we distance ourselves from this as we are still to issue the ANC statement in the province,” she said Wednesday morning on WhatsApp messenger.
Between now and 5 August 2019 the ANC in Mpumalanga will be busy with recruitment and branch membership renewals.
BGMs are set to begin from 31 August 2019, then soon afterwards the regional conferences in preparing for the major one in December that is likely to see Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane throwing her hat in the ring for the party’s chairpersonship with Gert Sibande ANC chairman Muzi Chirwa also believed to be eyeing the secretary position.
(edited by MLM)
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