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Mbalula: Conference must decide on two deputy presidents proposal

The African National Congress (ANC) is set to vote on a proposal for the party to elect two deputy presidents.

Fikile Mbalula
Fikile Mbalula

Member of the national executive committee (NEC), Fikile Mbalula, briefed media ahead of the party's national conference later this month.

Mbalula says a proposal has been tabled for two deputy presidents to be elected, but that this would require an amendment to the party's constitution.

"There is a proposal to increase to two deputy presidents. The first on organisation and the other with government, or one at planning and the other one for international. There is also a proposal for two or three deputy secretaries general with specific portfolios.

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The changes to the ANC's constitution requires a two-third majority. Mbalula says if the conference votes in favour of the proposal, an action plan will be devised.

"After the conference, the NEC will convene its first meeting. They will go through an induction process and consider the resolution and adopt a program of action."

There is also a proposal to enhance the powers of the ANC Veterans' League.

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"The Veterans' League should act as a council of elders and should not stand for positions or vote in ANC structure meetings. This is to maintain integrity and, where possible, for them to actually intervene and give direction to the organisation," says Mbalula.

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