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ANC gears up to attain victory in the upcoming 2009 election

18 December 2008

The African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) which met over two days from 17 - 18 December 2008 at Essellen Park, discussed in detail the campaign it will engage to decisively return the ANC into Government by a sizable majority after the 2009 elections.

An overview into the ANC provincial structure`s readiness to manage a successful election for the organisation has revealed that out of the nine provinces, the structure that needed beefing up was the Western Cape. The NEC has decided to send a team of senior cadres to strengthen the leadership in that province. The NEC also decided to withdraw its application to the Constitutional Court in respect of the decision to exclude the ANC from the by-elections held in the Western Cape on the 10th of December 2008.

The ANC will - instead - use its resources to fight the 2009 elections in the Western Cape, determined to win the province and ensure that the Western Cape has a definite programme to set it on course in a direction to eradicate the abject poverty that many people in the Cape Town Metro City and other areas find themselves. The eradication of poverty remains a major national objective of the ANC.

The character of the election campaign that the ANC will embark on, will be dominated by door-to-door work and direct information on the gains made in the past 15 years as well as how existing challenges will be managed going forward. All NEC members and all candidates will campaign vigorously for an overwhelming ANC victory in next year`s elections.

The ANC demands the highest level of discipline from all its cadres during these forthcoming elections. The legacy of the ANC is one which we are confident of and our vision is one which speaks to building on our gains and dealing pragmatically and decisively with the challenges our nation faces.

The NEC discussed the list process currently underway in all the structures of the ANC and reaffirmed the ANC`s policy perspective that the nominees to the national list and the nominees to the provincial lists must reflect the demography of South Africa. The ANC wants to ensure a non racial representation and adhere to the decision to have 50% of all ANC nominees being women, deployment of disabled people and retention of experience built over the last 15 years.

All provincial list conferences will be concluded by the 11th of January 2009 and the National list Conference will be held on the 16 to 18 of January 2009. The provincial conferences must quarate with no less than 70% of branches in good standing represented by delegates from branches in good standing and holding successful Branch General Meetings (BGMs).

The NEC received a presentation on the ANC`s Manifesto for the 2009 elections. The NEC took note of the fact that the call to the public to make recommendations received an overwhelming response and reconfirmed the views of ANC delegates at Polokwane that the most urgent priorities in our country are: job creation, fighting crime, improvement of healthcare services, education, development of rural infrastructure and agricultural reform.

The NEC also analysed the representation of its views in the media and concluded that the ANC was best placed to take its message directly to the electorate as well as through the media.

The NEC observed a moment of silence in memory of the late comrade Elizabeth “Nana” Abrahams, a stalwart of the liberation movement in the Western Cape. She was an ANC Member of Parliament until 2002 when she retired. She passed away last night at the age of 83.

The NEC discussed the situation in Zimbabwe and the dire straits of her people as well as the impact of the situation in Zimbabwe on the plight of South Africans, particularly those living in Messina and other border towns.

The reality of the cholera pandemic in Zimbabwe is affecting our own population and the lack of facilities in Messina where hundreds of people are escaping the disease and seeking much needed health care is fast stressing the capability of our own health institutions.

We will continue to support the South African Government`s decision to provide health care and any other humanitarian aid to the people of Zimbabwe. However, the time for hoping for change must come to an end. Neither the people of South Africa nor the people of Zimbabwe deserve the devastation that the political deadlock is creating.

The reported cases of abductions and detentions without trial, tests the very fabric of the liberation we fought for in this region of Africa. We call on the political leaders in Zimbabwe to stop the infighting and put the people first.

ANC JANUARY 2009 CALENDAR

  • DOOR-DOOR WORK IN ALL PROVINCES. ALL HANDS ON DECK UNTIL ELECTION DAY
  • MANIFESTO LAUNCH IS ON 10 JANUARY 2009 AT THE ABSA STADIUM IN EAST LONDON
  • PROVINCIAL LIST CONFERENCE PROCESSES TO BE CONCLUDED BY 15 JANUARY 2009
  • NATIONAL LIST CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON 18 - 19 JANUARY 2009
  • ANC LEKGOTLA TO BE HELD 29 - 31 JANUARY 2009

Issued by:
Gwede Mantashe (Secretary General)
African National Congress

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