President Jacob Zuma. Picture: MARTIN RHODES
President Jacob Zuma. Picture: MARTIN RHODES

WITH just less than two weeks to go before the African National Congress (ANC) holds its elective conference in Mangaung, the party is set to dominate political discussion this week.

Saturday was the deadline for provinces to nominate candidates and despite some provinces failing to meet the deadline, it appears President Jacob Zuma will receive the required votes to keep his position as party leader.

Mr Zuma will also likely feature prominently in political debates this week following allegations at the weekend that taxpayers’ money was used to pay for renovations to the homes of his two brothers. The Sunday Times reported on Sunday that Michael and Joseph Zuma allegedly had supplies by electrical company Voltex delivered to their homes as part of the "prestige project". The information was submitted in court papers filed by Voltex in the High Court in Durban.

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said on Sunday she would ask Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to "extend her respective investigations into the upgrade of President Zuma’s home at Nkandla, and the spending of R240m on Zumaville, to include the possible improper benefits afforded to members of President Zuma’s family using state resources ".

The farming community in the Western Cape is bracing for industrial action on Tuesday after calls by union federation Cosatu on Sunday for farm workers across South Africa to join in. Farm workers in parts of the Western Cape suspended protests over wages and living conditions last month pending a review by December 4. However, last week Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said the government could not raise the minimum wage before March.

Cosatu has called on motorists to shut down Gauteng freeways on Thursday in protest against the government’s e-toll system. Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi wants people to park their cars near an e-toll gantry all day to show the government where power rests.

Also worth watching this week will be the Farlam commission of inquiry, which will be in session for only two days. Lonmin lawyers on Friday accused the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union president Joseph Mathunjwa of using the tense standoff between management and striking miners at its Marikana mine in August to leverage bargaining rights.

The Land Bank is in the public domain again with details of the state’s charge sheet, which allegedly details how former CEO Phil Mohlahlane looted R32.5m.

The debate around the secrecy bill will likely continue this week. Last week, ANC MPs on the National Council of Provinces ad hoc committee handling the bill adopted the controversial legislation, despite resistance from opposition parties.

Parliament winds down this week before recess. On Tuesday Eskom will brief the economic development select committee on its multiyear tariff application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa.