The ANC has finally confirmed the rules that will govern the electoral process of its eagerly-anticipated national elective conference in December. And it seems some big potential contenders have to live with the fact that they will be disqualified from contesting for any positions.
The chairperson of the electoral committe, Kgalema Montlanthe held a press briefing this morning where he outlined the details of the nomination process and rules.
He confirmed that all members who have been temporarily suspended and are still awaiting the finality of their matter are barred from contesting.
There is a myriad of comrades whose legal matters are sub judice, however, Magashule is the most prominent figure who was expected to throw his hat into the contest, potentially for re-election in his former SG position, or as an RET candidate against President Cyril Ramaphosa.
As a consequence, he will have to sit this conference out, but one is sufficiently confident that his faction might explore the possibility of challenging the matter in court.
Some within the RET brigade have argued that the decision to disqualify members who are facing charges was not premised on the universal principle of presumption of innocence until proven otherwise.
The former Free State premier - whose albatross is the R255-million Absestos tender scandal which he is alleged to have benefitted gratuitously - was quoted ipsissima verba as saying, "court or no Court order, if the branches of ANC nominate me I'll stand."
He may be the only senior leader whom the rule has officially disadvantaged, but presidential aspirant Dr. Zwelini Mkhize could face the same dilemma if the NPA acts on the SIU report which allegedly implicated him in the R150-million Digital Vibes tender scandal.
Motlanthe added that each of the top 6 positions will have a maximum of three nominations to the nomination process related to the conference.
The NEC's generational mix has also been addressed, as many had argued for it to be, with the requirement that at least 25% should be youth.
It is, therefore, one's opinion that albeit the bar is very low as far the availability of genuine leaders is concerned, we may expect an ANC national conference that would produce leaders who will be capable to transform the material conditions of the poor and the poorest.
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