Mantashe disappointed in those pushing rumours of his possible removal

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe briefs the media on the outcomes of the special National executive Committee meeting at Luthuli House 14 November 2017

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday expressed concern about the instability in Zimbabwe while dismissing intervention proposals.

The African National Congress is confident of a successful 54th National Conference to be held from the 16th to the 20th December 2017.

News24 has learnt that some branches failed to reach quorum, forcing meetings to be abandoned.

Mantashe said the NEC also reviewed the current disruptions in the Eastern Cape. Teams have been appointed to attend to disputes in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape, said Mantashe.

"The NEC received a report on the appeal of the Lower South Coast Region in KZN". The REC was however expected to continue doing its work in all other areas, including the overseeing of Branch General Meetings.

Mantashe said dispute teams consisting of NEC members had been deployed across the country to address objections and complaints about branch general meetings.

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They also claim that the conference did not legitimately elect a new leadership and they want the conference overturned.

At least 5,240 voting delegates are expected at the much awaited conference in Johannesburg in mid-December. Instead a task team has been set up to look into an appeal against the September conference where the Ramaphosa-aligned former secretary, Oscar Mabuyane, was elected chairman.

Mantashe said the violent conduct displayed at that conference was against the party's values and culture.

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said on Twitter there has not been any discussions to remove Mantashe.

"The NEC resolved to institute an appeal panel in the Eastern Cape which will be composed of four NEC members supported by three (technical resource persons)".

At the meeting, the NEC resolved to uphold the decision of the PEC. The four NEC members are Comrades Sbu Ndebele (Chairperson), Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Joyce Moloi-Moropa and Sdumo Dlamini.

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