ANC names its 'A' team
THE ANC has announced the names of its leaders who will be on its National Working Committee (NWC), with the surprise inclusion of Naledi Pandor.
Pandor, who is also minister of home affairs, is not viewed as part of President Jacob Zuma's inner circle and she is not associated with any overt faction in the ANC.
Her inclusion in the NWC, which deals with the day- to-day running of the ruling party and which sits fortnightly, is a sign that Zuma has confidence in her leadership.
Some in the ANC say that though they differ with her political views they admire her for being principled.
She was appointed to head home affairs after Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma left for her position at the African Union last year.
On Friday, secretary general Gwede Mantashe dismissed comments that those who had been elected to serve on the ANC's different committees were being rewarded for their loyalty to Zuma.
"...Every time we put (together) committees, should we put (sic) rebels who will work against the president?" Mantashe asked, adding that the comments were a "serious assault" on the party's capable leaders.
Other newcomers on the NWC include Malusi Gigaba, Lindiwe Zulu, Nomvula Mokonyane, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Aaron Motsoaledi, Sisi Mabe and Fikile Xhasa.
Those who have been retained are SACP leader Blade Nzimande, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Nomaindia Mfeketo, Jeff Radebe, Bathabile Dlamini, Nathi Mthethwa, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Collins Chabane.
The party had proposed last month that the national conference should clarify the responsibilities of ANC officials and the NWC.
It also proposed that some of the NWC members be made full-time in the office of the secretary general, heading different departments.
But the proposal is yet to be implemented, with most of the new NWC members serving in either Cabinet or provincial governments full-time.
Mantashe said this was old news but the NWC was yet to discuss those issues.
"The NEC has to do a proper analysis that is also in line with our financial status to help make a proper decision," he said.
He said the process of beefing up the office had started but he would not elaborate.