Eastern Cape lead­er­ship con­test hots up

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The ANC’s Eastern Cape chair­per­son­ship con­test was set to be a two-horse race be­tween in­cum­bent Premier Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle and pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Os­car Mabuyane – un­til a third party emerged this week to spoil the fun.

Ma­su­alle, who is also the chair­per­son of the ANC in the prov­ince, was be­ing chal­lenged by Mabuyane, who is seen as rep­re­sent­ing new blood. But the de­ci­sion by Nceba Faku, the for­mer mayor of the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Metropoli­tan Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, to throw his name into the hat has made things even more in­ter­est­ing fol­low­ing an emer­gence of a sep­a­rate list of con­tes­tants for the top pro­vin­cial po­si­tions. This could see the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee com­pletely changed if mem­bers voted for it. Faku con­firmed to City Press on Wed­nes­day that he would con­test the po­si­tion of chair­per­son of the prov­ince, with Phila Nkayi as deputy chair, Non­cedo Zonke as sec­re­tary, Nosiphiwo Wil­liams-Sir­wayi as deputy sec­re­tary and Mkhuseli Man­co­tywa as trea­surer. “We don’t want to only change lead­er­ship. We want to bring back the val­ues and tra­di­tions of the ANC. That is the change we want in the ANC. I think th­ese peo­ple are fresh and not bound by the sys­tem. They will look at things with fresh eyes,” Faku said of his lead­er­ship team. The Dr WB Rubu­sana re­gion (for­merly known as Buf­falo City), which is in charge of the only ANC-run metro in the prov­ince, wants the sta­tus quo to re­main and is sup­port­ing Ma­su­alle to con­tinue as the chair.

“The cam­paign for Ma­su­alle to re­turn as chair­per­son is strong on the ground be­cause most re­gions have not re­ally pro­nounced on Mabuyane, and other re­gions still have to go to re­gional con­fer­ences. It’s a bloc of struc­tures that are vo­cal on the name of Mabuyane. The premier has also re­cently ad­mit­ted pub­licly that he was avail­able for a third term,” said a source sym­pa­thetic to Ma­su­alle.

Mean­while, the OR Tambo re­gion, the big­gest re­gion in the Eastern Cape, wants Mabuyane as chair­per­son and wants to send Ma­su­alle back to na­tional pol­i­tics as a na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) mem­ber. A source within the OR Tambo re­gional struc­ture said that, at a meet­ing on Fe­bru­ary 3, the re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee re­solved to sup­port Mabuyane’s bid as chair­per­son, while Lu­lama Ngcukayithobi, who is that re­gion’s sec­re­tary, would take over from him as pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary.

“We have unan­i­mously re­solved to sup­port Mabuyane as chair­per­son and Ngcukayithobi as our in­com­ing pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary. I can con­firm that the re­gional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee that sat on Fri­day agreed on Mabuyane. There is a res­o­lu­tion,” said one source, who asked not to be named be­cause he does not have the au­thor­ity to speak for the re­gion.

He said the re­gion ex­pected Mabuyane to take the prov­ince to­wards “CR17” – a cam­paign slo­gan linked to Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa in the upcoming ANC na­tional con­fer­ence, where Ramaphosa will be up against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s for­mer wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

“We are chang­ing the slate. We don’t want the sta­tus quo. We have re­solved to take Ma­su­alle to the NEC. He is part of our pack­age go­ing to the na­tional con­fer­ence. We are not go­ing to desert him,” said an­other source with close links to the OR Tambo re­gion.

The re­gion also agreed that Ma­su­alle could re­main as the premier, even if he loses his seat as chair­per­son, as the ap­point­ing of pre­miers was the pre­rog­a­tive of the pres­i­dent. Ma­su­alle was one of the first peo­ple to de­nounce the Premier League (Mpumalanga, North West and Free State), which is linked to Dlamini-Zuma’s cam­paign. A source said the prov­ince did not know where he stood at the mo­ment. “He is tread­ing care­fully and does not want to show his cards too early. That has al­ways been a prob­lem with bra [Ma­su­alle], he does not move quickly enough,” said an­other source. Mean­while, Eastern Cape re­gional news­pa­per Daily Dis­patch re­ported early this week that se­nior lead­ers of the prov­ince’s SA Com­mu­nist Party are said to have thrown their weight be­hind Mabuyane be­cause they were dis­ap­pointed in the lead­er­ship of Ma­su­alle, the party’s for­mer na­tional trea­surer.

IN­CUM­BENT Eastern Cape Premier Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle

CHAL­LENGER For­mer mayor Nceba Faku

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