The African National Congress (ANC) policy conference begins on the eve of a significant weekend.
Delegates have registered at Turffontein Racecourse for the conference, and provinces are organizing themselves in predictable ways.
While many provinces go into the policy conference knowing exactly which policies they want examined, lobbying has not stopped among them. Kwa Zulu Natal and Limpopo are both interested in the step aside resolution. Both of them want it abandoned.
The ANC policy statement won’t mean much if the party is fundamentally divided, according to political analyst Ebrahim Fakir.
Meanwhile, ANC employees who have not yet received their July salary have announced that they intend to keep striking until the party pays them.
ANC staff representative Mandla Qwane said: “The payment that has been made, which is June. There hasn’t been any payment made for the month of July.”
The ANC will conduct its sixth national policy conference this week at Nasrec, where staff members will continue to picket.
The last two months have seen no pay for the workers.
The party promised to use money set aside for its policy conference to pay staff members by Thursday, but it is thought that this commitment was not entirely kept.
“The payment of the June salary does not cover any of the demands that were made. The picket will continue tomorrow as well if the payment has not been made.”
Staff members of the ANC have threatened to disrupt the party’s national policy conference this weekend in Johannesburg if unpaid salaries aren’t made.
The employees demonstrated outside the party’s offices on Monday, complaining that they hadn’t received pay in nearly two months.