The Ordinary Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) held over the past two days welcomed the political overview by the Provincial Chair and PWC reports respectively. The two-day session spent time deliberating on issues around the state of the organisation with an emphasis on building a strong organisation that continues to be the hope of all citizens. The PEC meeting comes at a critical time when the country and beyond is faced with challenges that need solutions.
As a matter of principle, the PEC considered that despite many challenges that confront our society, we must never lose sight of the vast amount of progress in transforming society. Indeed ours is a story of a young and a maturing democracy, it is a story of hope amid change. In this regard, the PEC reiterates the finding of the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) publication titled “Life in South Africa: reasons for hope”.
The PEC also called all the ANC members, especially leaders of the organisation to strive for unity and engage more progressively towards the 54th National Conference of the ANC, which will be held in 2017. The PEC meeting did not mince its words and sent a strong worded message explaining that divisions and factionalism are destroying the organisation and urged further urged members to follow the internal organisational procedures to address differences that might exist.
The PEC resolved to deliver credible regional conferences in Amathole and Nelson Mandela respectively. These conferences will go a long way into the rebuilding of the ANC and thus carry forward the task of transforming society. The upcoming conferences’ details are listed below:
1. Amathole Region to sit on 13-15 December 2016
2. Nelson Mandela Region to sit on 16-18 December 2016
3. Alfred Nzo Region to sit on 04-07 May 2017
4. Elective Provincial Conference to sit on 30 June – 03 July 2017
5. Provincial Policy Conference to sit 04-05 July 2017
PEC resolved that all the regional conferences earmarked for the year 2017 should consider convening early conferences.
The PEC wishes to thank all those who voted during the by-elections held on the 8th and 9th November 2016. These elections outcomes reaffirmed the trust and overwhelming confidence that the people continue to have to the ANC. As the ANC continues to implement its commitments to the people of South Africa we urge all to be part of the solution to the challenges we face as the country. The ANC has noted the concerns raised by those that did not vote for it but it is humbled more by the fact that those concerned did not keep quiet and therefore the ANC will do everything to improve on the good it has started delivering and change what seems not to be working.
The PEC also commended the Provincial Integrity Commission on its efforts to restore the dignity of the ANC. The ANC further welcomes the efforts by certain municipalities to address the irregularities incurred on expenditure and calls upon all government institutions to put more efforts to improve the quality of services to the people of the Eastern Cape and action be taken against those that deliberately flout the policies and therefore deprive our people of the best they deserve.
The PEC agreed unanimously that the uneasiness among electorate showed during the previous local government elections should be addressed so that in the coming election people have improved confidence in our elected leadership. Immediately after the elections, ANC embarked on a narrative in trying to understand what lesson should be drawn from the election period.
NB: This statement must be attributed to the ANC Provincial Secretary Oscar Mabuyane.
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