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01/05/2018
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01/05/2018
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07/08/2017
STATEMENT OF THE JOINT MEETING OF PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES OF BOKONE BOPHIRIMA AND FREE STATE PROVINCES




ANC BOKONE BOPHIRIMA PEC OFFICIALS' MEDIA STATEMENT


Officials of the African National Congress (ANC) met in Mahikeng this Monday and discussed mainly the performance of the party in this month's Local Government Elections as well as the way forward.

Elections:

The Officials discussed the election performance and were guided in their assessment by reports from ANC volunteers on the feedback from door-to-door visits conducted prior to the August 3 polls.

  • As the ANC Officials, we are happy that we have retained governance of all municipalities in the province, including the four district municipalities.
  • We are however concerned about the decline in our party's performance, which saw a drop in the electoral support percentage.
  • The Officials acknowledged that poor voter turnout affected us heavily, but observed that some people decided to stay home instead of voting, due to their unhappiness with the provision of services, in particular water, housing, the state of some the roads, unemployment and the conduct of some of the members and leaders of the ANC its alliance partners.
  • Bokone Bophirima Officials also received reports that some of our elections machinery was infiltrated and that the ANC was betrayed by some of its own as a result. In this regard we have decided to strengthen our vetting mechanisms to avoid a future repeat of this.
  • Some of the former councillors, the majority of whom were a product of a fraudulent nomination process in 2011 and who supported the then president of ANC Youth League to march on Luthuli House as "Bakone" and "Asijiki", refused to adhere to instructions of the PEC to convene regular community meetings as required, leaving our communities feeling abandoned and only given attention during an election period.

Service delivery:

The Officials acknowledged that indeed some sections our communities have run out of patience and that ours is simply to fast track service delivery to improve the lives of our people.

Our assessment has shown that throughout the province there are countless concrete slabs prepared for houses that would have long been built. These houses are still incomplete even though contractors have been paid for the job.

The ANC has instructed the Provincial Government to act on state employees who processed these contracts and companies that were awarded the contracts and if needs be, criminal action must be pursued in line with the prescripts of the law.

Our deployees in the ANC Government of Bokone Bophirima Province have committed to making budgets available to correct all these injustices to our people.

The ANC Government has also made a decision that the allocation of government provided free houses should be biased towards the elderly citizens, child-headed households, the disabled and the needy.

Through the Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSD) economic initiative, the ANC Government is also working on creating job opportunities and empowering our youth with the necessary skills, ensuring that every VTSD has got its own development plan and helping to establish cooperatives in every ward of the province.

Correction of wrong candidates:

The ANC PEC during its meeting held before elections at Cosmos, acknowledged that there were a few instances of wrong candidates and we have already started correcting that as early as before the elections. The PEC also requested reports from its deployees and resolved that where there is enough evidence of tempering especially with the communities' preferred candidates, the ones parachuted unfairly must resign. This would be followed by another engagement with the community to rectify the mistake and then by-elections to fill that councilor position within 90 days. It is our intention and resolve to complete this process before Christmas of 2016. Anyone found guilty of deliberately misrepresenting the community's interest must undergo a disciplinary process.

ANC Youth League statement on an early conference:

As a norm we receive a report from our province's leaders who are ex-officio members of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) after NEC meetings.

We would like to persuade the ANC Youth League to hold back their pronouncement on a call for an early ANC conference and allow all of us to be led by the NEC. Whilst we respect the right of autonomous structures of the ANC to express their views in any matter that affects both the society and the ANC, it is our firm belief and view that the decision by the NEC of the ANC not to hold an early conference must be supported, respected and upheld. What we need as the ANC between now and 2017 is to focus our structures on policy development and implementation issues, organizational rebranding, repositioning and renewal, as part of unity of purpose within the movement.

As ANC Bokone Bophirima Officials we believe that the NEC must finish its term of office, which runs until the end of 2017 and that the President Cde Jacob Zuma should remain in his position of deployment in government until 2019.

The NEC has done an assessment of elections and took a collective responsibility. We don't see how an early conference can resolve challenges facing the organization. It is also worth noting that preparations towards any conference take long. Between now and December 2017 the ANC must deal with membership realignment, audits, Annual Branch General Meetings, Provincial General Councils, etc.

We thank all citizens of Bokone Bophirima who went out to cast their votes and ANC volunteers who worked hard to secure victory for the party. We know that it wasn't an easy election, but they did their best for the ANC. We further call on all ANC members who left the party for whatever reason to remember that the door is always open for them to come back home.

Issued by:
Suzan Dantjie: ANC Deputy Provincial Secretary

Enquiries:
Gerald Modise - ANC PEC Spokesperson
082 353 6229

 


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