The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape held its Ordinary Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting virtually on Saturday, 7th August to Sunday, 8th August 2021.The meeting was also attended by NEC Convener of Deployees, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize and NEC deployees, Cde Nomvula Mokonyane and Comrade Faith Muthambi .
Further on the meeting held a moment of silence on the passing away of Comrade Vanguard Mkosana, Comrade Mfazi, Comrade Bongani Gxilishe, Comrade Tengimfene, Comrade Tyobeka-Lieta and uMama u Milase Jumartha Majola.May their souls rest in peace. PEC meeting met at the time when our country marked the 65th anniversary of the historic Women’s March to the Union Buildings by more than 20000 women to protest against the pass laws of the apartheid government .It is because of these brave women that today South African women occupy a multiplicity of roles : not just as wives and mothers , but as teachers ,entrepreneurs , businesswomen , politicians ,activists ,church leaders and active members of our society.
PEC also sat just two weeks after our country was engulfed with attempted insurrection especially in Gauteng and KZN. We appreciate the active role played by different stakeholders and sectors of our society in the province particularly the taxi industry, security industry, organized business and church leaders. Their active citizenry avoided a catastrophe which could have bedevilled our province.
The meeting was characterized by robust and constructive engagements on organizational and political matters reflective of our revolutionary obligation. It dealt with the political overview presented by the Provincial Chairperson, Comrade Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane which put emphasis on the water security which is fundamental to the lives and health of our people, to the stability of our society and to the growth and sustainability of our economy. This is because challenges related to the provision of water in the province have indeed led to instability in parts of the Eastern Cape mainly through service delivery protests, but they have also affected the performance of our provincial economy as there is no business that is going to invest in an area that doesn’t prioritise water security. More importantly, it negatively affected the lives of the ordinary people and in some instances to their health and in other respects undermined our fight against Covid-19 in the province.
Provincial Chairperson again reiterated the point that the meeting must reflect as the PEC’s term of office officially comes to an end, which on its own will require that amongst other things, use the meeting to reflect on the work that the PEC has done since the 08th Provincial Conference, in carrying out the mandate given to us by branches.
Meeting received Update Report on Covid-19, PWC report to the PEC, State of the Organisation, Conference Preparation Report, Update on Local Government Elections & Update on Provincial Integrity Commission Report.
1. Update Report on Covid-19:
The PEC received an update report on Covid-19 pattern, trends and resurgence management, which was presented by MEC of Health, Comrade Nomakhosazana Meth.
Comrade Meth stated that the province has observed an increase in Covid-19 cases over the past 14 days. The province has the 6th highest number of active cases at the end of July. There is an increase in hospitalization and deaths recorded. This puts pressure on availability of beds and oxygen. Hotspots in the Province are Nelson Mandela Metro, Sarah Baartman District and parts of Chris Hani and Joe Gqabi District. Province is engaged in the Vaccine Rollout program.
The province has reached the 1 million mark of registration and recording 25000 vaccinations per day. Province has increased the number of vaccination sites from 334 to 1089.All district hospitals have been activated as vaccination sites. Out of the 774 clinics identified as vaccination sites, 583 are operational which is a significant increase from 254 that was reported in July 2021.
PEC resolved that all ANC structures including our allies to occupy the frontlines using all precautionary measures to assist Provincial government in its efforts to fight the Covid 19 pandemic.
2. PWC Report to the PEC:
The report reflects on challenges confronting some of the municipalities and interventions thereof, Subcommittees and roadmap to conferences.
The PEC received a report about the investigations of a municipal bursary allegedly awarded to the son of the Executive Mayor of Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Comrade Sixolile Mehlomakhulu. PEC resolved that Cde Mehlomakhulu must appear before the Provincial Integrity Commission.
Update on OR Tambo District Municipality:
After deliberations by the PEC, for the sake of good governance and service delivery, the meeting resolved to support the introduction of the Section 139 (1) (c) intervention on the dissolution of the Municipality.
Enoch Mgijima Municipality:
The meeting received a report from the PWC on their meeting with the TROIKA of Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality, the PEC Deployees to Chris Hani Region and MEC of COGTA. The Municipality is one of those which were identified as distressed and is under the supervision of the PEC. PEC resolved that the PEC Deployees to the Region must keep a close eye on the Municipality and report regularly on the progress made. Meeting also resolved that the intervention by COGTA must be intensified. There must be active engagements with the civic organizations within the Municipal area.
Ingquza Hill Local Municipality:
The meeting received a report on the leadership challenges confronting Ingquza Hill Local Municipality. PEC resolved to urgently pay close attention to the Municipality, especially the change that will come in the Mayoral position.
The PEC has reaffirmed its commitment to clean governance that is responsive to the needs of our communities.
Reconfiguration of Subcommittees:
The PEC received a report that some of the Subcommittees had been affected by deployment or assignment of members and appointment of new Conveners needed to be made. The Convener of the Social Transformation Subcommittee has been deployed as an MEC of Human Settlements. The Convener of the Peace, Stability and International Relations Sub-Committee has been assigned an additional responsibility of being an Acting Provincial Elections Team Co-Ordinator.
Therefore, the PEC resolved that Peace and Stability be a stand-alone Subcommittee and that also be the case with International Relations for them to be optimally in their functional areas.
The following appointments were reaffirmed:
Provincial Elections Team Co-Ordinator – Cde Mziwonke Ndabeni
International Relations Sub-Committee Convener: Cde Mziwonke Ndabeni
Peace & Stability Subcommittee Convener – Cde Virginia Camelio – Benjamin
Social Transformation Subcommittee Convener – Cde Nozibele Nyalambisa
The PSO will ensure that each Subcommittee has adequate technical support.
3. Organizational Renewal Discussion Document & Program of Action:
The Special PEC Extended Meeting which took place on the 29th to 31st May 2021 focused on the very important subject of Organizational Renewal. The meeting was graced by the presence of former President Thabo Mbeki. The three-day meeting resolved that the PWC must be charged with the responsibility of formulating a discussion document and a program of action to address the many issues raised in the meeting on Organizational Renewal.
The PWC indeed responded to the call and started working with Political Education and Organizing Subcommittees to deliver on this mandate. The first draft of the working document was presented to the PEC. The Program of Action has a specific focus on the recruitment and political development of young people and the empowerment of women so that both youth and women play an active role in the organizational life and leadership structures of our movement.
In this regard the renewal of both the ANCWL and the ANCYL is a matter of critical importance for the ANC. At a qualitative level, we recommit to build the kind of an organization that is underpinned by progressive values of non-racialism, non-sexism, unity, selfless service, collective leadership, democratic centralism, humility, honesty and discipline. These values will continue to guide us. The PEC adopted the report as a main framework of taking the discussion forward.
4. Regional Conferences:
The PEC received a detailed report on the state of readiness for the Regional Conferences. In the Eastern Cape we have five (5) regional elective conferences to be convened.The five (5) regions that will convene conferences are: Alfred Nzo, Amathole, Joe Gqabi, Nelson Mandela Metro and OR Tambo Region. The PEC has been preparing to convene the Regional Conferences. Dates for the Conferences have repeatedly been postponed due to various reasons. Some of these reasons were organizational and some were imposed by external factors like the presence of Covid19 pandemic in the country.
The bulk of these postponements were due to the Alert levels not permitting political gatherings. With the recent change of Alert levels into Level 3 allows for the convening of events under certain conditions. Strict adherence to Covid-19 regulations must be strictly observed throughout the political gatherings. Some of these regulations include 50 people inside and 100 in an outside venue. The various Regions that are due for conferences will have to take these considerations.
With the lapse of time the PEC resolved to develop and adopt a roadmap for the remaining three (3) Regions (Chris Hani, Dr WB Rubusana and Sarah Baartman). The terms for the three Regional Executive Committee will soon lapse. The lapse of these terms will also be followed by that of the current PEC. Consequently, the PEC must also adopt roadmap to the 9th Provincial Conference. Preparations for the different conferences are at an advanced stage. The first five (5) Regions have now developed timelines that will see them successfully deliver credible Regional Conferences.
Alfred Nzo Region:
The RTT has proposed that the conference be convened through Decentralized form. The proposed date for the Regional Conference is from 3rd to 5th September 2021.
The RTT has been hard at work in preparing for the Regional Conference. Working with PEC Deployees to the Region, the RTT proposed that the Regional Conference be convened through the use of a Decentralized Platform. This will be anchored on the use of venues that will host 50 people and a main venue for all the leadership and conference presidium. The proposed date for the Regional Conference is from 3rd to 5th September 2021.
Joe Gqabi Region:
The RTT has been able to coordinate branches to successfully convene nomination BGM’s for the Regional. It has proposed that the conference be convened through the use of hybrid mechanism. The proposed date for the Regional Conference is from 27th to 29th August 2021.
Nelson Mandela Metro Region:
The Region is in a process of developing timeliness for the Regional Conference.
OR Tambo Region:
The Region is the biggest Region in the Province. In spite of its size, it has been able to successfully convene BGM’s and has also met the required 70% threshold. The RTT has proposed that the conference be convened through the use of a hybrid mechanism. Delegates will be connected through technological means from the different venues that they will be allocated.
The proposed date for the conference is from 13th to 15th September 2021.
In line with adopted organizational renewal program, the PEC will channel its activities towards ensuring successful convening of these Regional Conferences. This will ensure that our structures renew their mandate, and all organizational matters are handled by duly elected members.
The ANC has the responsibility to prepare for the upcoming local government elections, therefore it is imperative to conclude convening all the conferences in time. PEC agreed that conferences should always be utilized as platforms to strengthen the capacity of our movement to serve our people better.
PEC also agreed that all Regions should build unity amongst its ranks and maintain political stability of local government in order to focus on development and service delivery to our communities. Conferences must be a festival of ideas about renewal of the ANC.
The PEC reflected on the strength of its election machinery after receiving a detailed Provincial Elections Team Report from Elections Coordinator, Comrade Mziwonke Ndabeni. The province is ready and all its election structures across the province are in full gear.
6. State of the Organization:
The PEC was elected in September 2017 at the 8thProvincial Conference and is now approaching the end of its term. It continues to be cohesive and provides overall political leadership over its structures, governance and the society broadly in the province. For more than a year, we were preparing for a mandatory mid-term Provincial General Council (PGC).
However, the challenges of the introduction of the new membership system and Covid-19 pandemic prevented us from convening this very important meeting. The circumstances we find ourselves in, with the continued disruptions mean that the PEC has to prepare for conference and as a result we may not be able to hold a Provincial General Council. PEC is now preparing work for the 9th Provincial Conference.
PEC affirmed and upheld the role of the ANC as the centre of power around which all political and social discourse should be directed. The PEC however continues to be cohesive and provides overall political leadership over its structures, the governance and the society broadly in the province. The ANC Eastern Cape remain stable, focused and united in serving the people. We must close ranks and continue to build a strong ANC which meets the legitimate expectations of our people.
In his closing remarks, Provincial Chairperson Cde Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane stated that the ANC must revive its campaigns against gender-based violence. Cde Mabuyane also said the empowerment of women in all sections of society must be prioritized. We must have engagements with the private sector on questions of gender inequality in their sector to understand of how they plan to address this problem. Comrade Mabuyane applauded the PEC for its continued display of unity and cohesion not only in its ranks but also in all aspects of the organization and broader society.
The ANC lives! The ANC leads!
ISSUED BY THE PROVINCIAL SECRETARY OF THE AFRICA NATIONAL CONGRESS, CDE LULAMA NGCUKAYITOBI
Cde Loyiso Magqashela
ANC PEC Provincial Spokersperson
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Cde Gift Ngqondi
Provincial Head of Communications