ANC averts full strike of staff as policy conference begins | city ​​press

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ANC Luthuli House employees peck at the party’s gala dinner at the policy conference in Nasrec for unpaid salaries. Photo: Tebogo Letsie/City Press

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The ANC may have stopped at the last minute to avert a much-anticipated injunction and protest action by the court on Thursday morning against the work of its policy conference, but it now faces the bigger battle to ensure it is united. emerge from this conference, despite contrasting views on, among other things, the side policy.

Two of the largest provinces, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo, are leading the charge to remove the abolition rule after statements at the provincial conference and provincial general council, respectively.

The step-side rule requires those accused of serious crimes, such as corruption, murder and rape, to be removed from office until their cases are completed.

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City Press has learned that ANC officials initially considered banning the organization from hosting the policy conference, which began Wednesday with the presidential gala dinner and is expected to end on Sunday.

Among the top lawyers they approached to represent them was attorney Dali Mpofu.

However, in an effort to stave off the embarrassment of the protests that had begun earlier this week, the party paid all of its unpaid employees their June salaries on Thursday, promising to pay July salaries after the policy conference.

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While the party’s national working committee met on Tuesday evening to discuss final preparations for the conference, the staff steering committee also met to discuss the program of action to disrupt the conference through the courts and protests.

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Despite receiving their paychecks, some workers posted at the delegates’ accreditation center in Turffontein, Johannesburg on Thursday. The workers urgently demanded their salaries before July.

As President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed guests at the presidential gala dinner Wednesday night, staff protested outside.

ANC spokesman Pule Mabe told media that the party was doing everything it could to raise funds so that staff salaries would be paid. He said the issue of salaries, raised by staffers, was not addressed because of the policy conference, but because it was about people’s livelihoods.

He said:

As for the policy conference, we expect a vigorous debate from the delegates, as the party always does.

Mabe said there was nothing to indicate that the conference would not take place as they had planned and prepared on time.

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He promised tight security around the area to prevent the entry of unaccredited deputies.

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With the visibility of the police in the area, no unaccredited person was allowed to come near the convention center at the Nasrec exhibition center.

The party is expected to debate the controversial sidestep rule, among other things.

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Despite his treasurer, Mandla Msibi, facing serious crimes of murder and attempted murder, Mpumalanga has reaffirmed his support for the step-by-step rule.

The party will also discuss organizational renewal, economic and social transformation, ways to fight coup and corruption, gender equality and women’s empowerment.