The African National Congress held a Special National Executive Committee meeting yesterday, 11th June 2012 at the Saint George Hotel in Tshwane to receive reports on the state of readiness for the National Policy Conference scheduled for the 26th – 29th June 2012, the report of both the National Disciplinary Committee and the National Disciplinary Committee of Appeal and as well as the petition of the ANCYL.
The Special NEC received a report from the National Coordinating Committee headed by the Secretary General, on the preparation of the National Policy Conference to be held at Gallagher Estate. The meeting welcomed the state of readiness as reported, which indicates that the movement was ready to host the policy conference as planned. A drafting and resolutions committee led Comrade Jeff Radebe has been set up and approved by the meeting. This committee under the leadership of Comrade Jeff Radebe has started to consolidate inputs from the provincial structures of the ANC. Matters of transport, accommodation and pre-accreditation for delegates have been finalized. The draft programme of the four day policy conference and rules of procedure for the conference have also been endorsed. By the 15th June 2012, we hope to have finalized the receipt of all applications for accreditation by the media.
The meeting also received a report from the National Officials on the ruling of both the NDC and NDCA on the disciplinary matter involving Comrades; Julius Malema, Sindiso Magaqa and Floyd Shivambu. As part of the report the meeting was informed by the Officials that the ANCYL had submitted a petition requesting the NEC in terms of Rule 25.6 (a) (a2) to review the decision of the NDCA. Rule 25.6(a) (a2) states that ‘the decisions of the NDCA shall be final, except that the NEC may in its discretion, review a decision’. After a long deliberation on whether the NEC should use its discretion to review or not to review the ruling by the NDCA, overwhelmingly, the NEC agreed that there were no compelling grounds to review the decision of the NDCA in relation to the three Comrades that faced a disciplinary hearing. The rejecting of the review by the NEC therefore closes the chapter on this matter. With this matter having been finalized, all structures of the ANC including the leagues are expected to respect and implement the decision of the NEC.
The Special NEC resolved that the National Officials and the National Working Committee of the ANC must meet with the ANCYL leadership to assist them to deal with all the challenges they face and to take the organization forward.
The discussions on the review were open, robust and dispassionate. We want to put on record that all members of the ANC who wanted to make a contribution were given an opportunity to do so without any hindrance. Secondly, we have noted that some newspapers reported that there were tensions and almost fist fights during the discussion. This is distortion and a lie at best and can only serve to mislead the public. We also want to clarify the fact after the presentation of the report of the National Officials, the Officials did not participate in the discussion until the matter was exhausted and finalized by the members of NEC.