Gwede booted off slate of NDZ con­tes­tants

Sup­port for Cyril cited as rea­son

Sowetan - - News - By Moipone Male­fane

The Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (NDZ) fac­tion has dumped ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe from their slate.

The fac­tion wanted Man­tashe to re­place cur­rent party chair­woman Baleka Mbete at the ANC elec­tive con­fer­ence to be held in De­cem­ber.

While dis­cus­sions are still on­go­ing about who should be nom­i­nated to what po­si­tion, the NDZ lob­by­ists told Sowe­tan that dur­ing one of their cau­cuses this week, they took a de­ci­sion to chuck Man­tashe out be­cause it was clear he sup­ports Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

There are cur­rently six ANC pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls but Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma are seen as fron­trun­ners.

The NDZ fac­tion has put Mpumalanga leader David Mabuza as her deputy and he also fea­tures in the Ramaphosa slate. Ramaphosa lob­by­ists are also meet­ing with Mabuza in an ef­fort to win him over.

So far, Mabuza has not come out pub­licly on who he backs to suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, in­stead preach­ing that the ANC needed to elect lead­ers who will unite the party.

Of all nine prov­inces, Mpumalanga is seen as solid with no fac­tions and all can­di­dates want the prov­ince’s sup­port.

Mpumalanga is the sec­ond­largest prov­ince after KwaZulu-Natal in the ANC.

The NDZ list in­cludes Free State leader Ace Ma­gashule as sec­re­tary-gen­eral, as well as Nathi Mthethwa and Eastern Cape pre­mier Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle as first deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral and sec­ond deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral re­spec­tively.

An NDZ lob­by­ist from KZN said this was sort of a fi­nal list but they were open to be per­suaded oth­er­wise.

Asked why they left Zweli Mkhize and Lindiwe Sisulu off their slate, he said they will be added as ad­di­tional mem­bers.

‘ ‘ Fac­tion have put Mabuza of Mpumalanga in her camp as deputy

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