Cablegate: Eastern Cape Anc Provincial Conference

DE RUEHTN #0207 2641419
P 211419Z SEP 09



E.O. 12958: N/A

1. (U) On September 12 the African National Congress (ANC)
concluded its sixth Eastern Cape Provincial conference by voting for
the new Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) and
Chairperson. A total of 1963 delegates were accorded a voting
status at the conference despite earlier glitches that led to delays
in the start of the conference and the election process.

2. (U) The leadership race was closely contested between Finance MEC
Mcebisi Jonas, regarded as the favorite to win, and Health MEC
Phumulo Masualle. In a surprise turn of events Masualle beat Jonas
with just 100 votes to claim the leadership in the Province. Jonas
commanded support from the two biggest regions, Amathole and OR
Tambo municipalities, as well as the ANC Youth and Veteran's
Leagues, while Masualle, who is also the South African Communist
Party (SACP) national treasurer, had backing mainly from the smaller
regions. It was, however, the decision by rural development
Minister Gugile Nkwinti to throw his weight behind Masualle that
swayed the vote and saw Masualle's lead rise to 100, enough to
clinch the leadership. Comment: It is interesting to note that
Masualle was an avid Zuma supporter at the Polokwane conference
which ousted Mbeki. Although Jonas is also a Zuma man, his close
association with another Polokwane contender, businessman Tokyo
Sexwale, now the human settlements minister, has cast doubt on his
dedication to Zuma and appears to have ultimately cost him the
Provincial Chairmanship. End Comment.

3. (U) The run-up to the conference saw a vicious lobbying campaign
for the leadership that resulted in some meetings turning into
street fights as rival groups, armed with firearms and knives
attacked each other. The situation became so nasty that Luthuli
House had to dispatch a high-profile delegation, including Tony
Yengeni and Jessie Duarte, to address more than 400 delegates from
the Amathole region in Butterworth prior to the conference. It,
however, appears that the friction within the Province has not been
eased as supporters of the new provincial chairperson soon lobbied
to have Eastern Cape Premier, Noxolo Kiviet removed. A special
resolution was passed by the conference calling for Masualle to lead
the Province, all that remains before it is implemented is for the
new PEC to enforce it. If Masualle becomes Premier he could order a
council reshuffle and appoint new MEC's.
4. (SBU) Comment. Although the Eastern Cape is traditionally an ANC
stronghold it has in recent years seen political infighting,
corruption and nepotism amongst its own ranks leading to the near
collapse of municipalities and the provincial administration in the
Province. It has an appalling record of service delivery, a matter
that could have been discussed at the conference. However, due to
disputes over accreditation the start of the conference was delayed
leading to inadequate discussions on organizational renewal. A
provincial general council will now have to be organized to debate
policy issues, given that there was no time for the planned
breakaway sessions at the conference. End comment.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


IPPPR: The Independent Panel Calls For Urgent Reform Of Pandemic Prevention And Response Systems

Expert independent panel calls for urgent reform of pandemic prevention and response systems The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response is today calling on the global community to end the COVID-19 pandemic and adopt a series of bold and ... More>>

NGO Coalition On Human Rights: Call For A Stop To Police Brutality In Fiji

A viral video has circulated online showing two police officers utilising disproportionate and excessive force in detaining the suspect, an individual half their size. In the video it shows the man’s head being pressed down on the ground, his arms being ... More>>

UN: India’s New COVID-19 Wave Is Spreading Like ‘Wildfire’, Warns UN Children’s Fund

7 May 2021 A new wave of COVID-19 infections is spreading like “wildfire” across India, leaving many youngsters destitute, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Friday. In the last 24 hours, India registered 3,915 coronavirus deaths and 414,188 ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

ILO Voices: A Future With Hope, Free From Bonded Labour

By Padma Kumari Tamata Formerly in bonded labour, Padma Kumari Tamata is now a farmer, and grows and sells her own vegetables in the Kanchanpur district of Nepal. My name is Padma and I come from Vashi, a small hamlet in Nepal’s far-west Kanchanpur district. ... More>>

UN: Economic Recovery Under Threat Amid Surging COVID Cases And Lagging Vaccination In Poorer Countries

New York, 11 May — While the global growth outlook has improved, led by robust rebound in China and the United States, surging COVID-19 infections and inadequate vaccination progress in many countries threaten a broad-based recovery of the world ... More>>

Study: Cut Methane Emissions To Avert Global Temperature Rise

6 May 2021 Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed ... More>>