Major changes in the ANC’s disciplinary structures could be afoot ahead of the ruling party’s 55th national election conference in December.
city press has reported that the ANC’s subcommittees are full of Ramaphosa’s allies, while his opponents are being kicked out as the president runs for a second term.
According to the publication, ANC officials, who are not members of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), could serve on disciplinary subcommittees in a move led by Ramaphosa’s faction.
The move comes after the ANC’s National Working Committee (NWC) passed the proposal this week, and the changes could lead to major changes in the party’s subcommittees, most notably the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) and the National Disciplinary Appeals Committee. (NDCA).
With an NEC meeting scheduled for later in March, the highest decision-making committee is expected to finalize the proposed changes.
Former Minister of State Security Bongani Bongo, former Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni and Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa are among the notable names to be launched by the NDC.
Former Labor Secretary Mildred Oliphant, the current head of the NDC, will also leave the disciplinary committee.
Earlier this year, Oliphant was accused of partisanship as head of the NDC at a NEC meeting, with some members calling for the committee’s dissolution for failing to keep ANC leaders — such as suspended Secretary General Ace Magashule — in line.
Although the NDC has been labeled ineffective, the committee’s minutes — between 2014 and 2021 — show that the disciplinary committee met 26 times over the eight-year period to deliberate on cases against party members, the committee said. Daily Maverick†
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Meanwhile, former Minister of State Security Siyabonga Cwele, former Deputy Minister of Water and Environment Rejoice Mabudafhasi, former Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize and Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola will be removed from the NDCA.
Lamola is expected to take over as chair of Mkhize’s subcommittee on legal and constitutional affairs.
Former Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane, who heads the NDCA, will also receive the boat, but Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises Phumulo Masualle and former Prime Minister of the Northern Cape Sylvia Lucas will retain their positions on the committee.
‘Conflict of interest’
The ANC’s disciplinary structures were previously accused of being selective after it decided to implement the resolution of the party’s Nasrec conference in March 2021.
The resolution forced all MEPs facing serious criminal charges to step aside or take disciplinary action within 30 days, but some members argued that these disciplinary actions were being applied selectively and along faction lines to purge opponents.
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Now with the potential changes to disciplinary subcommittees in some places, an NEC member said it was “nonsense” to accuse Ramaphosa of trying to get hold of the ANC’s most strategic committees.
“There is an inherent conflict of interest with disciplinary issues when NEC members are involved,” the source said.
The NEC member continued: “It’s about taking the influence of political considerations out of the disciplinary processes.”
Meanwhile, another NEC member said most disciplinary cases “take too long” because of the other obligations NEC members have, as some of them sit on other subcommittees and in government.