The ANC Provincial Executive Committee held its ordinary meeting on the 1st and 2nd December 2019 at Mpekweni Beach Resort to discuss the state of organization and most importantly to assess progress in building a better life for all. The PEC received and discussed a wide-ranging political overview presented by the Provincial Chairperson, Cde Lubabalo Oscar which reflected on the domestic and international context within which the struggle to build a National Democratic Society is being pursued.
The Provincial Chairperson welcomed the signing into law of the Traditional and Khoisan bill into law which seeks to transform traditional and Khoi-San institutions in line with the constitutional imperatives. The efforts of restoring the integrity and legitimacy of traditional institutions is an appropriate way to honour the legacy of King Zwelonke Sigcawu.
The PEC held an extensive discussion on the performance of the economy and the impact that has in deepening poverty, unemployment and inequality in Province. Having taken note of the state of the provincial economy and the need to inject much needed stimulus into the economy the PEC resolved to convene a Provincial Economic Summit early in 2020.
On the continental and global situation, the PEC recommitted the province to solidarity with the people of Cuba, Western Sahara and Palestine and to continue highlighting and supporting their struggles.
PEC resolved to develop a year-long program of activities and events to mark the momentous centenary of Raymond Mhlaba and Vuyisile Mini.
The PEC also discussed and adopted a program focusing amongst other issues on the following:
· Strengthening of the organisation at all levels.
· Preparations for Provincial General Council and National General Council
· Assessing the one year of Provincial Government and preparations for the Provincial PEC Lekgotla
Roadmap to Provincial General Council/Regional Conferences & Regional General Councils
The ANC Constitution entrusts the PEC with the responsibility of ensuring that all our structures in the Province must be in good standing. These structures also include Regional Executive Committees and Branch Executive Committees .Even though Sub-Regional Committees do not have executive structures ,they are also amongst the structures that must renew their coordinating mandate .The Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) is due for its Mid-term Provincial General Council (PGC) as it was elected two years ago. Delays with the introduction of the new membership system have meant that the PEC has to reschedule the PGC to early 2020.
The Province has three Regional Task Teams (RTT) which are in the following Regions: Joe Gqabi, Nelson Mandela and OR Tambo Region. The scheduled Regional Conferences could not be convened in time due to delays caused by the new membership system and the Ziveze Campaign. The proposed new time frames have been approved by the PEC.
Regional Conferences Timelines
20th -22nd March 2020 – Joe Gqabi Regional Conference
27th -29th March 2020 – Nelson Mandela Regional Conference
27th-29th March 2020 – OR Tambo Regional Conference
3rd -5th April 2020 – Amathole Regional Conference
17th-19th April 2020 – Regional General Councils
21st-24th May 2020 – Provincial General Council
Early Regional Conferences
The last Special PEC meeting held on the 18th November 2019 unanimously endorsed the need for Amathole Region to convene its Regional Conference by March/April 2020 and request the Alfred Nzo Region to convene its Regional Conference earlier that the due date of July 2020 .Expected before June 2020 would be Conferences of ANC YL/ANC WL & ANC VL and we are working flat out to unite and renew the ANC.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
The PEC notes and welcomes the decision by the Eastern Cape Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) to place the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in terms of Section 139 (1)(a) of the Constitution. For the past few months, we have been ventilating our unhappiness about this very same municipality wherein we were convinced that the municipality had technically run aground due to the lack of political and administrative leadership.
We further believe that in the intervention plans, the department should also focus on corruption, maladministration and lack of political will by municipal political office bearers as these have contributed immensely to the situation which the municipality find itself in.
We are therefore pleased by the COGTA decision as we believe that this is a step in the right direction to ensure that the municipality is stabilized in the interest of service delivery for the residents. We also hope that the entire political management team, the management albeit acting and the entire workforce as well as communities will give the administrator who will be designated the much-needed space to come up with systems to restore credibility to the financial systems as well as administrative systems to rescue this municipality.
The PEC supports the call for the motion of no confidence against the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor. We therefore call on all political parties to set aside their differences and vote with their conscience in support of the motion. This has nothing to do with politics but ensuring that the NMBM continues on its constitutional mandate of serving the people of the Metro Municipality with integrity. The Municipality is further encouraged to appoint the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Directors in the next ensuing Council meeting.
Cde Lulama Ngcukayitobi
ANC Provincial Secretary
Eastern Cape Province
Provincial Head of Communications