ANC man’s bakkies van­dalised ahead of Mpumalanga congress

CityPress - - News - SIZWE SAMA YENDE sizwe.yende@city­press.co.za MABUZA CAMP SAVE MPUMALANGA ANC CAMP

Sus­pended Mpumalanga se­nior ANC mem­ber Peter Ny­oni’s two ve­hi­cles have been van­dalised as ten­sion sim­mers ahead of the pro­vin­cial elec­tive con­fer­ence.

This in­ci­dent mir­rors what hap­pened be­fore the 2012 con­fer­ence, when two con­tenders for the chair­per­son po­si­tion re­ceived in­tel­li­gence re­ports rec­om­mend­ing they beef up their se­cu­rity on sus­pi­cion there was a con­spir­acy to as­sas­si­nate them.

The ANC pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) sus­pended Ny­oni, a PEC mem­ber, from the ANC last Mon­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing an au­dio record­ing ex­pos­ing him as an or­gan­iser of a march of dis­grun­tled mem­bers to the pro­vin­cial head of­fice in Mbombela. The march was at­tended by about 2 000 mem­bers un­der the ban­ner of the Save Mpumalanga ANC group, whose protest mem­o­ran­dum cast as­per­sions on Premier David Mabuza’s lead­er­ship, de­scrib­ing it as “di­vi­sive” and “au­to­cratic” and de­mand­ing a dis­band­ment of the PEC.

The protesters also com­plained that fraud and vi­o­la­tions of ANC demo­cratic pro­cesses al­lowed the Mabuza camp to en­sure that del­e­gates to the pro­vin­cial gen­eral coun­cil took a res­o­lu­tion for Mabuza to be re­tained as ANC chair­per­son for a third term at the elec­tive con­fer­ence in Oc­to­ber. Slates of can­di­dates from the Mabuza and Save Mpumalanga ANC camps for the up­com­ing

con­fer­ence have started cir­cu­lat­ing

Chair­per­son – David Mabuza Deputy chair­per­son – Thulisile Khoza (cur­rent Nko­mazi lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity mayor, Eh­lanzeni re­gional ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber) Sec­re­tary – Mandla Ndlovu (cur­rent Bohlabela re­gion sec­re­tary) Deputy sec­re­tary – Vusi Shongwe (cur­rent safety and

se­cu­rity MEC, Gert Sibande re­gional chair­per­son) Trea­surer – Speedy Mashilo (Nkan­gala dis­trict chair­per­son)

Chair­per­son – David Dube (cur­rent ANC deputy chair­per­son, Mpumalanga leg­is­la­ture deputy speaker)

Deputy chair­per­son – Peter Ny­oni Sec­re­tary – Lucky Ndin­isa (cur­rent sec­re­tary)

Deputy sec­re­tary – Cathy Dlamini (Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces mem­ber)

Trea­surer – Boy Nobunga (for­mer Mpumalanga leg­is­la­ture mem­ber)

Ny­oni said his two bakkies – a Toy­ota Hilux and an Isuzu – had their win­dows bro­ken at his home in Va­len­cia Park out­side Mbombela at about 5am on Au­gust 1 – a day af­ter the march. He said he found a brick in the garage af­ter he was awo­ken by the sound of his se­cu­rity alarm.

He de­cided not to lay a charge be­cause “po­lit­i­cal in­fil­tra­tion of po­lice is big in the province. Po­lice will not as­sist me. I ex­pected this and think this in­ci­dent was aimed at in­tim­i­dat­ing me, be­cause they stole noth­ing ... I have hope that who­ever has is­sues with me will deal with their inse­cu­ri­ties. Even when I die, I’ll die a peace­ful death, know­ing what I’m fight­ing for,” he said.

Ny­oni was once Mabuza’s ally, but they have fallen out. He was among the top hu­man set­tle­ment ex­ec­u­tives Mabuza re­moved in 2013 af­ter say­ing the rea­son they did not de­liver RDP houses was be­cause their fo­cus was on pol­i­tics.

The then head of depart­ment, David Dube, who is Mabuza’s deputy in the ANC, was also a vic­tim of the reshuf­fle and his con­tract was not re­newed.

At the time of the 2012 pro­vin­cial elec­tive con­fer­ence, po­lice took away then ANC deputy chair­per­son and Nkan­gala dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Charles Makola from a meet­ing. They es­corted him to his Emalahleni home to pro­tect him from as­sas­sins af­ter his de­ci­sion to con­test the post of Mpumalanga ANC chair­per­son. Makola had to beef up his se­cu­rity.

SHAT­TERED The dam­age done to one of the bakkies of sus­pended Mpumalanga ANC pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Peter Ny­oni

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