Despite pending criminal charges, Northern Cape ANC Chairperson, John Fikile Block, still boasts an unbelievable degree of support and sympathy amongst the party's regular members and its national officials, who regard him as a genuine cadre of the ruling party.
This was evident during the party's provincial list conference held in Kimberley on Monday. Block, who faces several fraud and corruption charges, is the lead candidate following the conference to elect members who will serve in the provincial legislature and the executive ahead of what is expected to be a tumultuous 2014 general election.
According to Sindiso Mfenyana, a member of the National List Committee deployed to the province and also a member of the Veterans' League, the Northern Cape is the first province to hold such a conference in compliance with all stipulations set out by the committee, chaired by Secretary General Gwede Mantashe.
Mfenyana said that the province had minimal complaints and had completed 93% of its mandate by deadline. This put the province ahead of its counterparts. "We are confident of a landslide victory in the forthcoming elections, as this province proved to be focused," Mfenyana explained.
Asked about Block, Mfenyana suggested that the...