The ANC -Eastern Cape met from the 28th -29th January 2018 at its Ordinary Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) at Canon James Calata House in King Williams Town. The PEC meeting precedes the ANC Eastern Cape PEC Lekgotla that will be held on the 4th – 5th February 2018.
The PEC expressed its heartfelt gratitude to the thousands who attended our 106th Anniversary Rally, the Rally was a resounding success which exceeded even our own expectations. We are truly humbled by the overwhelming support that the celebrations received.
The meeting received the Political Overview from the Provincial Chairperson, Cde Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane, a detailed report of the Provincial Working Committee, along with an overall assessment of the resolutions taken over the past three years since the commencement of the fifth administration in 2014. In line with the commitments by the Provincial Executive Committee to do introspection, both the political overview and the Provincial Working Committee report presented a frank and honest analysis of the state of the organization.
The Political Overview by the Provincial Chairperson inter alia lifted issues such as Unity, Domestic and International Balance of Forces, Battle of Ideas, fighting corruption, the debate on the so called ‘two centres of power’, and the water crisis. It further reasserted our commitment to renew the ANC as leader of society, rebuild it as mass organ and place it firmly in the hands of the people as a tool for self-liberation.
ANC PEC Lekgotla
Our Makgotla represent the highest echelons of leadership in the Province and therefore effectively represents the collective embodiment of the ANC leadership in the Province. All the cadres tasked with leading our various detachments are invited i.e PEC, MEC’s, MPL’s HODs, REC’s, Troikas, CEOs, and so on.
This is will be our first Lekgotla post the 8th Provincial Conference and a year before the 2019 general elections. As such, the Lekgotla will take stock on the progress made in implementing the 2014 Manifesto commitments and various Magotla resolutions, identify outstanding resolutions /commitments that will form part of the ANC priorities for the 2018/2019 financial year.
The ANC is confident that it will emerge out of this lekgotla with a clear understanding of activities currently occurring in the country and Eastern Cape in particular. The ANC is confident that after this Lekgotla it will put a new gear in a struggle to fast track the delivery services to our communities.
Regional Conferences and Regional General Councils
Five regions namely Dr W.B Rubusana, Chris Hani, OR Tambo, Joe Gqabi and Sarah Baartman are all due for their Regional Conferences this year. As per the NEC decision all conferences must be held by end of June 2018. The Provincial Working Committee Report therefore outlined the roadmap towards these Regional Conferences and the Regional General Councils to fill vacancies in the other regions. The Regional Conferences and Regional General Councils shall sit between 11th May and 24th June 2018.
After deliberating upon the guidelines on the administrative aspects of the conference preparations, the PEC resolved that the PEC and REC shall jointly oversee the Biennial Branch General Meetings towards the regional conferences particularly in the identified branches that were faced by challenges in the previous set of BGMs.
The PEC will also work closely with the ANC Youth League and ANC Women’s League structures, which are also preparing for the Conferences this year. This will include making a follow up on the appeal that has not been finalised by the ANC National Officials on the dissolution of the ANCYL PEC in the Eastern Cape.
The PEC noted the deteriorating relations between the ANC leadership in the Province and the ANC deployees in the Provincial Government. The PEC has a responsibility to oversee the work of the ANC in government, in order to ensure that we implement our manifesto commitments and various resolutions. The ANC was elected by an overwhelming majority of the people of the Eastern Cape in 2014, and as such, we need to work closely with our deployees in Government in order to implement our resolutions and commitments, and ensure that we use the state as a tool to transform the lives and conditions of our people.
As such, the PEC has thus resolved to reconfigure the Eastern Cape Provincial Government in order to enhance the capacity of our Provincial Government to effectively implement ANC commitments and resolutions.
The meeting directed the PEC Officials to meet with the National Officials as part of the process of implementing the decision.
State of municipalities
The meeting noted the continued challenges facing certain municipalities in the Province, especially on the lack of political stability. The PEC will exercise direct oversight over the ANC Caucuses in identified hotspot municipalities namely, Port St Johns, King Sabata Dalindyebo, Kouga, Makana, Enoch Mgijima, Walter Sisulu, Senqu, Buffalo City Metro, Nelson Mandela Metro, and the local municipalities within the Amathole District. Given the enormity of the problems in some of the municipalities, the PEC has further resolved to review the deployment in Enoch Mgijima, Port St Johns, Mnquma, and Walter Sisulu municipalities.
The PEC reaffirms its position that we do not support the relocation of Matatiele to the Province of KwaZulu Natal. The ANC will meaningfully participate in the public hearings scheduled which will be conducted by the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature.
The ANC will continue to work closely with and monitor the performance of Provincial and Local Government on the implementation of the manifesto priorities.
Provincial Integrity Commission
The PEC resolved that the Provincial Integrity Commission should continue executing its duties without fail. All outstanding matters before the Commission should be urgently concluded.
Fight against corruption
The meeting reaffirmed the ANC’s commitment to intensify its fight against corruption, both in the public and private sector. The PEC welcomed the establishment of the commission on state capture, which has been a standing resolution of the ANC. The meeting also welcomed and repeated the sentiments expressed by the ANC president Cde Cyril Ramaphosa, who stated that where there are clear incidents of wrong-doing, state institutions meant to fight corruption should act and not wait for the conclusion of the work of the commission.
As such, the PEC welcomes the actions taken by the Hawks in Free State in relation to the Estina Dairy Project investigation, as well as the arrests of some officials in Alfred Nzo District Municipality. The work of these state institutions must be reinforced by ANC internal processes, such as the integrity commission and disciplinary committees with urgency.
The PEC reaffirmed its resolution on the implementation of the recommendations in the Public Protector’s report in relation to the Nelson Mandela funeral. The PEC resolved that those who wish to take the findings on review should do it in their personal capacity and not make use of public or state funds.
NEC decision on the future of the President
The PEC affirmed the NEC decision that National Officials must continue engaging on the future of the State President – this should take into cognisance the sentiments raised by the South African Society and the impact of his continued stay in office has in so far as serving the people of South Africa is concerned.
The ANC celebrates 100 years of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, on the year which has been declared the year for Renewal, Unity, and Jobs. The ANC in the Eastern Cape will host a number of activities that will be meant to honour the lives of these two liberation icons.
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