The ANC NEC, led by Secretary-General, Ace Magashule, reported back on what has been — according to the governing party — a fruitful exchange between the party’s top leadership over the weekend.

The ANC NEC met for the last time in 2019 to recap on what has been a year of mixed results. Sure, the party managed to retain control in May’s elections, but the inauguration of President Cyril Ramaphosa has, thus far, proved to be a deflated dream of a new dawn.

Aside from the agenda, the interesting part about the weekend affair was the absence of former president Jacob Zuma who, up until the last gathering, has never missed a single NEC meet-up.

There were murmurs of his illness, that he was being treated in Cuba, and even that he was spotted in his jet, flying back and seemingly in great physical health. The ANC shrugged these allegations, claiming they have no idea where JZ is.

ANC NEC: Key things addressed by the party

The show went on without the former leader, and on top of the agenda were pertinent issues like Eskom, the state of affairs in the North West post the era of Supra Mahumapelo and the state of SOEs.

Eskom

With regards to Eskom, Magashule told reporters at a media briefing, on Wednesday, that the ANC NEC was concerned with the way things were unfolding at Megawatt Park.

Of course, Ramaphosa, along with ministers Pravin Gordhan and Gwede Mantashe, met Eskom Board members and management to discuss a way forward afterthe recent load shedding crisis.

However, ANC spokesperson, Dakota Legoete warned the Board to not be complacent and forget about the clear mandate of ensuring that every household stays lit this summer, as it was promised.

North West

On the outcomes of the topic on North West, Magashule expressed his appreciation for how the regional caucus has put their differences aside and begun working together.

He also revealed that the Bojanala regional task team will be reinstated “to make sure they are reinforced and able to deliver on their mandate.”

SAA and SOEs

Speaking on SAA and the state of SOE’s, Magashule noted that the ANC NEC was content with the outcome of the airline’s crisis. He added that, so long as the government remained the majority shareholder of the state parastatals, survival options like the business rescue SAA underwent, were necessary.

Asked about Ramaphosa’s relationship to the Top Six, Magashule shrugged and stated that “there are no issues among them.”

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Presh JM Reporter

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