ANC man’s bakkies vandalised ahead of Mpumalanga congress
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