By: Nosipho Haya-Komisa
The Eastern Cape ANC’s provincial elective conference currently underway at the East London Convention Centre has finally elected its top five today.
Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has been re-elected as the provincial chairperson of the party. Finance and Economic Affairs Mlungisi Mvoko has also been re-elected as deputy chairperson while Lulama Ngcukayitobi retained his position as Provincial secretary. Eastern Cape Legislature Speaker Hellen Sauls-August has been re-elected as deputy secretary. Zolile Williams has been elected as the new provincial treasurer.
The conference is currently electing additional members and the results will be announced shortly.
The long-awaited provincial elective conference got off to a rocky start as some delegates were allegedly disputing the credentials of the conference. However, after a long discussion, the election and the voting of the top five eventually took place.
Despite numerous challenges and disturbances, party spokesperson Pule Mabe maintained that there was no crisis at the conference.
“So that’s why we call it an elective conference, now the people who must participate in election in the conference should be dully verified delegates who would have emerged from the branch’s election or BBGM’s given this specific mandate to participate in the conference in those meetings. Discussions are also held on policy documents so the three-day conferences are not stuck discussing policy matters.
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to deliver closing remarks at the conference.