Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Nelson Mandela's ex-wife fails to make cut for committee

The African National Congress's National Executive Committee (NEC) elected its 28-member National Working Committee (NWC) on Monday.

The members were announced on Tuesday and are, in alphabetical order:

1. Collins Chabane: Former Limpopo MEC for Economic Development and Tourism. Hosted Breakfast With Collins - for the business community and the media to share information on economic growth in the province.

2. Bathabile Dlamini: ANC Women's League member. Spoke out against factionalism and cliques in the league and lambasted the league's leaders for not fulfilling their official responsibilities.

3. Jessie Duarte: Former High Commissioner to Mozambique.

4. Tina Joemat-Pettersson: MEC for agriculture in the Northern Cape. Established the National Institute for Higher Education in the Northern Cape - the first of its kind.

5. Pallo Jordan: Arts and Culture Minister.

6. Ncumisa Kondlo: Member of Parliament. Exposed pension fraud in parliament. An active SACP member who questioned public/private sector partnerships.

7. Fikile Mbalula: ANC Youth League president.

8. Nomaindia Mfeketo: Former Cape Town mayor.

9. Angie Motshekga: Gauteng education MEC.

10. Nathi Mthethwa: Member of Parliament.

11. Maite Nkoane-Mashabane: MEC for Local Government and Housing in Limpopo.

12. Siphiwe Nyanda: Stepped down as head of the SA National Defence Force in May 2005. He is currently CEO of Ngwane Defence.

13. Blade Nzimande: South African Communist Party general secretary.

14. Dina Pule: Mpumalanga Agriculture and Land Administration MEC.

15. Jeff Radebe: Transport Minister.

16. Susan Shabangu: Deputy Minister of Safety and Security and member of the ANC's national disciplinary committee.

17. Lindiwe Sisulu: Housing Minister.

18. Max Sisulu: Group general manager at Sasol and member of the ANC's national executive council economic transformation committee.

19. Makhenkesi Stofile: Sport and Recreation Minister.

20. Tony Yengeni: The former ANC chief whip is currently out on parole after serving a few months' jail time following his 2003 conviction for defrauding Parliament, by failing to disclose a discount on a 4X4 Mercedes-Benz. He is to appear in court on the drunk driving charge on March 19.

In addition to these 20, the NWC also includes the ANC's top six officials and one representative each from the ANC Women's League and Youth League.

ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who was elected to the top of the NEC list, did not make it onto the NWC.

The committee meets twice and month and plays a key role in running the party. It deals with matters requiring "urgent attention" says spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso.

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