When the ANC convenes for its 54th National Elective Conference at Nasrec this weekend, the branch delegates in attendance will hold all the power to vote in the party's new president. PUSELETSO NTHATE spoke to some of them.
Thulisa Ndlela, 27, KwaZulu-Natal, Umlazi, masters student and young entrepreneur
Why were you chosen by your branch to go to the conference?
I guess the branch trusts that I will best represent their interests and be able to articulate their position on a number of policy-related matters and ultimately elect the leadership mandated by them to be elected. Being elected by the branch was indeed humbling.
Who will you vote for and why?
My branch made use of the Through The Eye of the Needle document to guide their leadership preference. We looked into the history of struggle (where one was during the difficult times of apartheid where joining and leading the ANC was equal to jail or even death). We looked at contribution to the ANC post 1994. We considered competence in the administration of government because the ANC is a governing party and will be for quite some time to come and we looked at loyalty to the party above...