The African National Congress (ANC) says that despite several challenges, preparations for its 55th National Congress are underway. The party’s chief treasurer and acting general secretary, Paul Mashatile, says he is confident they will reach the required 70% threshold to convene the conference.
Over 50% of their branches have held their General Meetings and qualified to go to the conference.
Mashatile was speaking to the media on the sidelines of a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of the ANC’s longest-serving president Oliver Reginald Tambo in Ekurhuleni on Friday.
However, with preparations for their conference looking slow after some branches failed to muster quorum for their BGMs, Mashatile says he is confident that everything will fall into place, insisting that they will be ready for the conference soon.
We will have the opportunity to engage our leaders: Mashatile:
Meanwhile, Mashatile refused to be drawn into the public spat between former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma against incumbent Cyril Ramaphosa, saying only that they would prefer to secure a meeting with their former leaders to understand their grievances rather than engage publicly.
Paul Mashatile did not comment on the criticism leveled at the ANC and President Ramaphosa:
Mashatile is currently enjoying support for the position of deputy president at the December conference, with at least three provinces wanting him to be the party’s second-in-command.