Politics /07 May 2022, 08:01am/Mandla Nkosi
ANC Eastern Cape provincial chair hopeful Babalo Madikizela:image supplied
Bloemfontein: Babalo Madikizela, who is contesting for the position of provincial chairperson in the Eastern Cape, says this weekend will mark the most important conference of the ANC in the province.
On Friday morning Madikizela’s supporters and several other delegates registered for the party’s 9th provincial conference.
Addressing his caucus which was gathered at the Absa stadium for a headcount in East London throughout the night, Madikizela encouraged them to vote wisely.
“We know they are monied, they will offer you money, take it but vote for us”.
This is the core of a short message delivered by ANC Eastern Cape provincial chair hopeful Babalo Madikizela at midnight.
“They will give you money because they are part of the establishment they are at the helm. Already they are in charge. Where can we get the money? We don’t have. They have money, take the money comrades but do the right thing”.
Madikizela and his ally, Oscar Mabuyane, are the front-runners for the position of chairperson.
More than 1 500 delegates have arrived at the International Convention Centre in East London on Friday as the conference gets under way.
“Let’s remain focused. Let’s remain disciplined. This is the most important conference in the history of the ANC in this province. Therefore we must not lose focus. We must be disciplined,” Madikizela urged delegates backing him.
The ANC is trying to get all provinces to hold their conferences in time for the policy conference in July.
Meanwhile the former provincial Chairperson Oscar Mabuyane has preached unity and renewal ahead of the conference.
After the Eastern Cape, the ANC in Gauteng, the Free State, North West, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo have to hold their conferences.
The NEC had said these conferences would have to happen by July.
The Eastern Cape conference was given the green light after treasurer-general Paul Mashatile held a meeting with provincial leaders to discuss outstanding issues at the request of co-ordinator Lulama Ngcukayitobi.
It was agreed that the conference would have to go ahead.
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