David Mabuza ex­pected to ‘im­pose’ suc­ces­sor

African Times - - Politics - MANDLA KHOZA

FOR­MER Mpumalanga ANC chair­per­son David “DD” Mabuza, who is now the party’s deputy pres­i­dent, is ex­pected to im­pose his own suc­ces­sor, sources claimed this week.

Three va­can­cies have been cre­ated within the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) in Mpumalanga af­ter Mabuza, his for­mer deputy Vi­o­let Si­wela and PEC mem­ber Can­dith Mashego Dlamini were elected onto the ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) at a na­tional con­fer­ence in Johannesburg in De­cem­ber.

About five names have emerged as pos­si­ble re­place­ments for Mabuza. How­ever, only one con­tender has pub­licly con­firmed their can­di­dacy. The rest have re­fused to dis­cuss the mat­ter in the me­dia.

Head of the Depart­ment of Co­op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and

Tra­di­tional Af­fairs in the prov­ince, Peter Ny­oni says branches have asked him to stand and he ac­cepted the nom­i­na­tion. Com­mu­nity Safety, Se­cu­rity and Li­ai­son MEC Pat Ngo­mane’s lob­by­ists have staged a num­ber of meet­ings around Mbombela propos­ing branches to sup­port him.

“DD is still con­trols the ANC in the prov­ince, that man is in charge chief.

“Af­ter all these names we are told he is plan­ning to im­pose some­one he trusts and will be able to con­trol and be in touch with them while sit­ting at Luthuli House,” said a PEC mem­ber.

“We know a se­nior per­son from the five names is Peter Ny­oni, but he is too straight and hard to con­trol. So Mabuza might not want that. We are told he might en­dorse Pat Ngo­mane or Mandla Msibi who are too close to him.”

Pro­vin­cial Sec­re­tary Mandla Ndlovu has rub­bished claims that Mabuza wants to im­pose his trusted con­fi­dants in­clud­ing Pub­lic Works MEC Sasekani Manzini.

“This is a not a cab­i­net, ANC lead­er­ship is elected by branches not an in­di­vid­ual. So here branches are go­ing to sit and nom­i­nate, then elect their PEC” said Nd­vovu.

He said Mpumalanga branches ex­pected to elect their news lead­ers in three month-time.

Ny­oni’s name was re­cently raised dur­ing a me­dia briefing by dis­grun­tled mem­bers of the ANC in the Nko­mazi sub-re­gion in Male­lane.

Led by Mbititi Man­gane, they told the me­dia last week that the PEC must re­call re­gional chair­per­son of Enhlazeni Ngrayi Ng­wenya whom they la­belled as ar­ro­gant and cor­rupt.

Ny­oni, who sup­ported newly elected ANC pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa at the Nas­rec con­fer­ence, is seen as a favourite along­side ANC MP and for­mer Umkhonto we Sizwe mem­ber Fish Mahlalela.

How­ever, sources say Mahlalela might be ap­pointed min­is­ter if Ramaphosa re­placed Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma as the coun­try’s pres­i­dent.

Pic­ture: Den­vor de Wee/ Vis­ual

ANC deputy pres­i­dent David “DD” Mabuza. Buzz SA

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