David Mabuza expected to ‘impose’ successor
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.
ANC deputy president David “DD” Mabuza. Buzz SA