ANC EC REFLECTS ON OUTCOMES OF 2024 ELECTIONS

The ANC Eastern Cape met in an Extended Provincial Executive Committee (PEC), on Monday 03 June 2024 at Regent Hotel in East London. The meeting was convened to assess the outcomes of the recently held 2024 National and Provincial Elections and to map a way forward thereof.

The Extended PEC was attended by representatives from our leagues – ANC Veterans League, ANC Women’s League and the ANC Youth League – as well as our Alliance partners SACP, COSATU and SANCO. The MK Liberation War Veterans were also in attendance.

The PEC expressed its heartfelt gratitude to the people of our province for coming out to vote and for once again affirming the ANC, with an overwhelming electoral support, making it a party of choice for a vast majority in the province.

The support symbolises the recognition of the work done by the ANC in its quest towards progressive realisation of the historical mission to achieve complete liberation of the black people in general and Africans in particular.

The Extended PEC recognised the efforts put in by all sections within the broader liberation movement towards this victory. Deserving of special mention are our alliance components, all our volunteers, including the Mandla Makhupula Red Brigades, Elijah Barayi Detachment, Penrose Ntlonti Detachment, Washington Bonco Brigade and the Basil February Detachment.

As the leader and pioneer of the democratic dispensation in our country, the African National Congress prides itself for having led a very long and inspiring campaign throughout the breadth and length of our province. This election period marked the most difficult and strenuous period in the history of our liberation.

While criss-crossing the province during campaigns, we have once more heard the voices of the voters and in the next five we will redouble our efforts at prioritising the following:

·To accelerate delivery of the basic needs of our people such as reliable and sustainable water, power, sanitation, housing, education and social security, including the phased basic income.

·Industrialise our economic infrastructure for an inclusive economy, including securing funding for Transnet for our ports and rail, securing a nuclear power station for the EC and securing funding for other economic infrastructure projects.

·Attract investment revenue for our province, empowering black industrialists, uplifting townships and rural areas, and fostering key growth sectors.

·Invest in our schooling system and skills through functioning schools, futuristic curriculum, and industry-aligned skills programs.

·Investing in reliable community safety programs, and uncompromising crime busting programs to provide the safety of our people and guarantee the safety of our province for investors.

ASSESSMENT OF ELECTIONS:

The extended PEC noted that while the ANC has a decisive mandate to govern in the Eastern Cape, falling short of the decisive 50%+1 nationally is a setback in the advancement of the NDR – the realisation of the non-sexist, non-racial, united, democratic and prosperous South Africa.

The message from the electorate is clear that as the ANC we must undergo a thoroughgoing introspection, renew our organization and reconnect with our constituencies. As the ANC in the Eastern Cape we continue to accept this call and are prepared to work tirelessly to regain the lost ground.

It is evident that there is dwindling support for the ANC from the social classes that have historically constituted what we term the motive forces of the National Democratic Revolution (NDR)– at least on the ballot box.

As such the ANC must urgently and decisively renew our organisation and act differently organisationally, politically and in the state to avert this trajectory. The instruments to change course are well known as contained in the Diagnostic Report, as presented at the 5th National Policy Conference and these indicated that the decline is multi-faceted and manifests in several weaknesses, which include: “the blurring of the common purpose for the cadres of the movement; the growing trust deficit between the people and their movement; the impact of the perception of the ANC as entirely corrupt; the decline in the ideological outlook of the movement and the divisions and factions that have become a seemingly permanent feature of the movement.” The principal task of the ANC therefore is not to despair, but we must struggle to earn back the trust of the motive forces and our role as the leader of society. This role cannot be earned by ordination: it must be won in the theatre of struggle on a daily basis in the next five years.

COALITION OR GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL UNITY:

The PEC appreciated that while the ANC remains the largest Party in the National Assembly, however the electorate has mandated the ANC to work with other organisations in governing for the next five years.

As such, the PEC recognises the sensitivity with which coalition talks should be treated and the fact that the outcomes of the negotiations will ultimately have an impact on the future of our country. Historically, the ANC had always been a party that put national interest and people of the country first and even in this instance the ANC in the Eastern Cape is confident that the ANC will emerge with what is in the best interest of all South Africans.

In this regard the PEC is of the view that the formation of any coalition government must be based on the principle that those we work with, are prepared to advance the agenda of deepening democracy, maintain rule of law, advance transformation and, much importantly, totally liberate the downtrodden and vulnerable which are predominately Black Africans. Any attempt to form a coalition with those that are against transformation will be the reversal of the gains of our democracy and must be discouraged and defeated.

In respect of the principle of democratic centralism and the NEC being the highest decision making structure in between Conferences, when a decision of this magnitude is to be taken, the PEC will duly request that the consultative process be meaningful and wide through platforms such as Regional General Council (RGC’s) in order to take the most informed route from the general membership of the ANC, the Alliance and the Mass Democratic Movement (MDM) formations.

NOMINATION OF PREMIER CANDIDATES:

In a nomination officially overseen by the ANC Electoral Committee, the Extended PEC unanimously nominated the following comrades in the preferred order as follows:

1. Cde Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane

2. Cde Helen Sauls- August

3. Cde Siphokazi Mani- Lusithi

Cde Nomakhosazana Meth was part of the initial nomination in the same process which was previously taken. But she was later nominated for the National to National list and had to be omitted.

FLOODS & DISASTER AFFECTING NELSON MANDELA & BUFFALO CITY METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY :

The Extended PEC welcomed the government’s relief intervention

in Nelson Mandela and Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipalities following the floods that claimed seven casualities and displaced hundreds of people.

Areas that have been affected include Duncan Village , Mzamomhle, Reeston and Ducats in Buffalo City Metro and Qunu, Vastrap , Nomakanjani, Veteklep, Doreenhook, Jacvhacter, Daku, Moolerground, Bhongweni and Korea in the Nelson Mandela Metro. Other municipalities that have been affected by floods and snow includes some parts of Amathole, Sarah Baartman , Port St Johns , Chris Hani and Joe Gqabi District.

We commend the interventions by the Department of Human Settlements, Department of Social Development , Department of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs , Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality , Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality , Gift of the Givers and Rescue South Africa working with provincial government to provide relief recovery.

During this time of tragedy and heartbreak, our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost their loved ones in these floods and speedy recovery to those who are injured.

We will keep in contact with our communities and continue to build the ANC and our governance structures as we carry on with our revolutionary duty. The people’s organisation will rise again.

ENDS…

ISSUED BY THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS-EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE

Enquiries:

Cde Gift Ngqondi

Provincial Head of Communications

Mobile No :?0849519924 /?0848439706

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