7 National Working Committee

What are your commissions views on the proposal for a National Working Committee? What are the terms of reference or tasks for the NWC? Who are your recommended names for the NWC, if agreed?

7.1 One Commission felt that the recommendation in plenary wasn’t satisfactory as it didn’t set out what criteria should guide the Assembly regarding what should constitute the interim leadership. It wouldn’t be appropriate to nominate specific people for the other positions. We should rather ensure we have mass based organisations properly represented.

7.2 Four other Commissions endorsed the proposal and added some criteria and principles, and proceeded to make nominations.

7.3 One Commission did not have time and did not make nominations.

7.4 The 4 Commissions that proceeded to make nominations also recommended the following principles for UF structures:

7.4.1 Working class mass character;

7.4.2 Progressive approach and tradition on “race” in the UF;

7.4.3 Should be extended to a maximum of 25 people;

7.4.4 Minimum of 50% women, and 50% young people;

7.4.5 It needs to give immediate political leadership, not just practical work;

7.4.6 Endorsed the need to constitute part of it from the provinces. Provinces must agree on who their representatives are;

7.4.7 Emphasis on it being an interim structure with a short-term mandate;

7.4.8 We should identify categories of movements – education, unions, etc. and say we want representation from those categories;

7.4.9 NUMSA should continue to play a leading role without dominating. And this role needs to be clarified. In the immediate period, Numsa should be represented in the NWC.

7.5 Through consensus, the Assembly put in place the NWC Committee to oversee the implementation of its decisions and specifically to prepare for the official launch of the United Front on the 25-27 April 2015.  They include:

Achmat, Zackie (Social Justice Coalition);

Appolis, John (General and Industrial Workers’ Union of South Africa);

Ashley, Brian (Alternative Information and Development Centre);

Chirwa, Andrew (Numsa);

Dubula, Vuyiseka (Sonke Gender Justice);

Fatuse, James (Reverend, Interdenominational African Ministers Association of South Africa);

Jara, Mazibuko (Democracy from Below);

Kasrils, Ronnie (Sidikiwe Campaign, and Democracy from Below);

Machaba, Cynthia (Numsa);

Mbandazayo, Kwezilomso (Joburg People’s Pride & One-in-Nine Campaign);

Mdlalose, Bandile (Community Justice Movement);

Sikwebu, Dinga (Numsa);

Wayile, Zanoxolo (Numsa); and

Provincial representatives:

Eastern Cape: Mxube, Lungile;

Free State: Sefumba, Thokozile;

Gauteng: Mbuqe, Siyabonga;

KwaZulu-Natal: Makhoba, Gcina;

Limpopo: Rasikhinya, Michael;

Mpumalanga: Komane, Elvis;

Northern Cape: Dondolo, Patrick;

North West: Khan, Shaheen; and

Western Cape: Abraham Agulhas

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