The Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) of the Africa National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga notes with concern a misleading article circulated by some online newspapers titled, “It’s Ramaphosa vs “Unity” in Mpumalanga ANC’s presidential nomination battle”. The article inaccurately reports on the process of Branch General Meetings (BGM), currently taking place in the province, and creates an impression that branches of the ANC in Mpumalanga have been stripped off their constitutional rights and powers of determining the leadership of the ANC and unlawfully instructed, not to nominate their preferred leaders as we move towards the 54th National Conference.
The PEC would like to put it on record that it has never taken a decision to instruct branches who to nominate as their preferred candidates as we move towards the 54th National Conference. The PEC respects the constitution of the ANC and the nomination process guidelines issued by the National Executive Committee of the ANC, and we cannot at any point say or do anything that contravenes these two documents which seek to ensure that the ANC convenes a credible and successful National Conference. If by any chance branches decide not to nominate or do something unusual, it will be on their own will and not on the instruction of the PEC.
The PEC will also like to condemn the misleading report of numbers on branch nominations. The PEC confirms that there has been no official counting of branch nominations and this will not take place, because after BGMs, nomination packages are sealed and sent to head office. So the numbers expressed in the article are not accurate, but an imagination of those who want to see a particular outcome from the process of BGMs.
We call on all members and supporters of the ANC to refrain from peddling lies, which might undermine the credibility of the process of BGMs in the province. We urge members of the ANC to remain discipline and continue with their BGMs free of any undue influence.
Issued by ANC Mpumalanga Province