E Cape mulls top six

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - LUYOLO MKENTANE @luy­olomken­tane

THE ANC in the East­ern Cape is busy discussing the names of pre­ferred can­di­dates to oc­cupy the top six po­si­tions when the party goes to its cru­cial pro­vin­cial elec­tive con­fer­ence later this year.

The con­fer­ence is im­por­tant as the new lead­er­ship will de­cide which can­di­date to back to suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma when he steps down as ANC leader in De­cem­ber.

The Star un­der­stands that the largest ANC re­gion, OR Tambo, wants pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Os­car Mabuyane to be­come the next chair­per­son, and by ex­ten­sion premier. But both po­si­tions are cur­rently oc­cu­pied by Premier Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle, who is yet to an­nounce his can­di­dacy for an­other term at the helm.

The largely ru­ral prov­ince is deeply di­vided over the anti- and pro-Zuma fac­tions, with the dom­i­nant group­ing seem­ingly warm­ing up to the idea of Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa suc­ceed­ing Zuma.

The fact that Ramaphosa de­liv­ered the key­note ad­dress at a pro­vin­cial rally in Mthatha seemed to ce­ment that be­lief.

A list of names be­ing cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia lists the ANC’s pro­vin­cial and re­gional lead­ers as pos­si­ble can­di­dates for the top six po­si­tions.

Be­sides Mabuyane, the list in­cluded Deputy Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Stella Nd­abeniAbra­hams, Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Agrar­ian Re­form MEC Mlibo Qo­boshiyane, former ANC Youth League deputy pres­i­dent and Nel­son Man­dela Bay coun­cil­lor Andile Lungisa and OR Tambo Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ex­ec­u­tive mayor No­makhosazana Meth.

Former jour­nal­ist and Buf­falo City Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s in­fra­struc­ture and en­gi­neer­ing head Ncedo Kum­baca, the ANC OR Tambo re­gional sec­re­tary Lu­lama Ngcukay­i­tobi, her Amath­ole coun­ter­part Teris Ntutu and Al­fred Nzo Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Speaker Tsileng Sobuthongo also made the list.

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