Supra’s in­ten­tion ‘is to hurt’ ANC

MPOFU FAC­TOR: EFF CHAIR ‘DE­FENDS ZUMA’S FAC­TION’

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - NEWS - Simnikiwe Hlat­sha­neni simniki­weh@ci­ti­zen.co.za

A weaker party un­der Ramaphosa would al­low a cri­sis to be de­clared – an­a­lyst.

Supra Mahumapelo’s “dis­hon­est” bid to have the ANC’s de­ci­sion to dis­band North West’s pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) will cost the ANC in next year’s elec­tions, a po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst says.

But that seems to be the ex­act in­ten­tion of Mahumapelo and the re­main­ing fac­tion of the ANC aligned to for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, said Ralph Mathekga, a se­nior re­searcher at the Cen­tre for Hu­man­i­ties Re­search.

Mathekga, who at­tended the ANC’s De­cem­ber 2017 Nas­rec con­fer­ence, ques­tioned Mahumapelo’s mo­tives for fight­ing the ANC’s dis­band­ment of the PEC.

“They want to deny [Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa] and the rest of the [cur­rent] lead­er­ship the ca­pa­bil­ity of cam­paign­ing with the North West as well as other areas, be­cause we must not be naive, Supra has a lot of sup­port, even out­side the North West,” he said.

“And it means that in­stead of the party fo­cus­ing on keep­ing the elec­tion ma­chin­ery go­ing, they are fo­cus­ing on those who feel dis­grun­tled and that can only lead to the poor per­for­mance of the ANC.”

This would, in turn, ben­e­fit the fac­tion that wanted Ramaphosa to fail be­cause a weaker ANC un­der him would al­low a cri­sis to be de­clared in the party, mak­ing an ex­change of power a def­i­nite pos­si­bil­ity.

“[The fac­tion] is even wil­ing to drive the party to harm so that they can get it back,” he said.

Mahumapelo lost his North West chair­man­ship when the PEC was dis­banded in Au­gust. This was af­ter ANC claimed branches were dys­func­tional amid a lead­er­ship cri­sis af­ter the De­cem­ber con­fer­ence.

In pa­pers filed in the High Court in Jo­han­nes­burg yes­ter­day, Mahumapelo’s le­gal team, led by ad­vo­cate Dali Mpofu, ar­gued that if the North West branches were dys­func­tional since 2016, as the ANC claims, then the De­cem­ber con­fer­ence was il­le­gal.

But then again, the weak­en­ing of the ANC to­wards the 2019 elec­tion could also ex­plain the con­tin­ued pres­ence of EFF chair­per­son Mpofu in cases de­fend­ing com­po­nents of the so-called Zuma fac­tion, in­clud­ing for­mer South African Rev­enue Ser­vice com­mis­soner Tom Moy­ane, and now Mahumapelo, sug­gested Mathekga. –

Sat­ur­day Ci­ti­zen had asked Denel to con­firm a Reuters re­port that Saudi Ara­bia made a R14 bil­lion bid for a part­ner­ship with Denel that would in­clude the ac­qui­si­tion of a mi­nor­ity stake in a joint ven­ture with Rhein­metall Denel Mu­ni­tion.

“I am not in a po­si­tion to an­swer to de­tails on any spe­cific coun­try or com­pany in­ter­est to in­vest in Denel,” said Denel’s head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions Pam Malinda.

“How­ever, as part of the ef­forts to re­po­si­tion the com­pany and find a sus­tain­able fund­ing model, some of the op­tions Denel is dis­cussing [sub­ject to board and share­holder ap­proval] in­clude the con­sid­er­a­tion of ex­it­ing non­core ca­pa­bil­ity areas, re­struc­tur­ing the cost base, ex­plor­ing part­ner­ships on core non­vi­able busi­nesses and to drive a strong ex­port ori­en­ta­tion through strate­gic eq­uity part­ners and joint ven­tures. Th­ese are all still only at in­ter­nal dis­cus­sion and ex­plo­ration stage.”

Denel said it was aware that var­i­ous gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions con­firmed dis­cus­sions had taken place be­tween SAMI and var­i­ous or­gans of state in South Africa.

How­ever, Malinda ar­gued that since Denel was a state en­tity un­der the depart­ment of pub­lic en­ter­prises (DPE), such a deal had to be pur­sued by SAMI on a stateto-state ba­sis. “The South African gov­ern­ment’s reg­u­la­tory frame­work dic­tates this ap­proach to th­ese kinds of over­tures.

“Denel’s re­sponse would then be guided by its board, the DPE and pos­si­bly Na­tional Trea­sury among rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions.”

Denel’s last at­tempt to en­ter the multi­bil­lion-rand Asian arms race was thwarted when it was re­vealed that Denel Asia, the would-be joint ven­ture be­tween the util­ity and VR-Laser Asia was wrought with links to the con­tro­ver­sial Gupta fam­ily. The event cost the state R400 mil­lion.

The dis­cus­sions with Saudi Ara­bia have been met with crit­i­cism by some who pointed out that the mid­dle-eastern monar­chy was linked to hu­man rights atroc­i­ties, such as its on­go­ing and deadly oc­cu­pancy in the neigh­bour­ing Ye­men, as well as the re­cent death of Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi.

in turn, ben­e­fit the anti-Cyril fac­tion. Denel’s re­sponse would then be guided by its board, the DPE and pos­si­bly Na­tional Trea­sury.

Pam Malinda Denel head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions

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