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ANC NEC statement on the Election of the National Working Committee

18 January 2013

The National Executive Committee of the African National Congress held its meeting at Saint George Hotel in Tshwane for a day on the 17th January 2013. The meeting was the continuation of the meeting held on the 11th January 2013 at Riverside hotel in Durban North. The meeting received an overview input from the President and elected the National Working Committee (NWC).

Based on the political overview input, the meeting agreed on a range of issues including the fact that the ANC represents the hopes and aspirations of millions of South Africans and that the ANC must continue to lead society. The meeting acknowledged that it was an honour to serve in the leadership of the ANC as this gives a rare opportunity to those elected to lead society selflessly and with commitment. The meeting pointed out that leading the ANC comes with responsibility that impact on the conduct of those in leadership which must reflect both in behavior and the ability to serve.

The meeting acknowledged its primary task of implementing the mandate of the 53rd National Conference under two broad areas that were identified as providing the framework, these are:

  • The declaration of this decade as the “DECADE OF THE CADRE” the emphasis will be on ethics and political education
  • We must deliver Socio-Economic freedom and prosperity. Youth unemployment must be addressed urgently.

The meeting also discussed and agreed that the closure and mothballing of Shafts by the AMPLATS as well as the impending retrenchment of 14 000 workers deserves to be condemned by all South Africans. It is the view of the NEC that government, labour and orgnised business must do everything in their power to avert the pending loss of jobs and closure of mines. The ANC has committed to continue engaging all stakeholders in this regard.

The meeting further agreed that there is a need to monitor developments and ensure that the private sector commits itself to the National Programme as outlined in the National Development Plan. High unemployment, deepening poverty and growing inequality remain the most pre-eminent problems facing society. As we deal with the situation in the Mining Industry, the challenges facing the agricultural sector, the reality of these three pre-eminent problems must inform the approach.

After discussing the overview of the President the meeting elected a total of 20 NWC members of which 50% comprise of women as stipulated in the Constitution of the ANC. The following are the elected NWC members:

1. Jeff Radebe
2. Naledi Pandor
3. Lindiwe Zulu
4. Bathabile Dlamini
5. Nomvula Mokonyane
6. Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula
7. Jackson Mthembu
8. Nathi Mthethwa
9. Lindi Sisulu
10. Malusi Gigaba
11. Derek Hanekom
12. Susan Shabangu
13. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
14. Collins Chabane
15. Aaron Motsoaledi
16. NomaIndia Mfeketho
17. Blade Nzimande
18. Fikile Xhasa
19. Tina Joemat-Patterson
20. Sisi Mabe

The NWC will resume its Constitutional responsibility with immediate effect. It will continue with its fortnightly meetings without fail until the end of its term. The ANC expresses its confidence on the ability of individuals elected to the NWC. As a collective, the NWC will play a pivotal role in the processing and implementation of conference decisions. It is also this structure that manages the day to day work of the organisation, cementing its importance in the hierachy of ANC structures.

Issued by:
Gwede Mantashe - Secretary General

African National Congress
Chief Albert Luthuli House
54 Sauer street
Johannesburg

Enquiries:
Jackson Mthembu 0823708401
Keith Khoza 0828239672