Dlamini Zuma cam­paign hit by skul­dug­gery

The Sunday Independent - - FRONT PAGE - QUIN­TON MT Y AL A AND SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

AS ANC pres­i­den­tial-hope­ful Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma blitzed the Western Cape this week­end, her cam­paign en­coun­tered skul­dug­gery from her de­trac­tors.

Ahead of the 73rd birth­day of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), cel­e­bra­tions set for Nyanga in Cape Town this af­ter­noon, a press state­ment pur­port­edly from the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) was dis­trib­uted on so­cial me­dia, stat­ing the event had been can­celled over safety con­cerns..

ANCWL sec­re­tary-gen­eral Meokgo Matuba later sent out a state­ment say­ing there had been no se­cu­rity con­cerns and that Dlamini Zuma’s pro­gramme in Cape Town to­day would go ahead.

Ear­lier, some mem­bers of the ANCYL’s Western Cape pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive held a press con­fer­ence at which it was said that pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Khalid Mo­hamed Sayed and pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Andile Mbali’s sup­port for Dlamini Zuma was not a col­lec­tive man­date.

“There is no way that we would sup­port the con­tin­u­a­tion of cor­rup­tion and the loot­ing of our state re­sources. When the time arises, we will make our views known as to whom we think can lead the or­gan­i­sa­tional re­newal and re­build­ing of the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” the state­ment read.

“For now we would like to dis­miss any pub­lic pro­nounce­ments made on our be­half, es­pe­cially that of sup­port­ing Nkosazana. We will also af­ford branches of the ANCYL across the prov­ince [an op­por­tun- ity] to give us di­rec­tion on this mat­ter.”

The an­nounce­ment that Dlamini Zuma is to be sworn in as an MP has in­creased spec­u­la­tion in Par­lia­ment that Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma is likely to reshuf­fle his cabi­net for a sec­ond time this year to ac­com­mo­date her in his ex­ec­u­tive.

An ANC source close to Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s cam­paign to suc­ceed Zuma as party pres­i­dent said such a reshuf­fle was im­mi­nent. Now there’s spec­u­la­tion in Par­lia­ment over who she would re­place, with sev­eral in­sid­ers point- ing to ei­ther Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Rob Davies or En­ergy Min­is­ter Mmamoloko Kubayi.

“I don’t think it’s go­ing to be Rob Davies (to be axed), but I won’t be sur­prised,” said the in­sider. “There’s no way she (Dlamini Zuma) is go­ing to be a back­bencher, Zuma is un­der pres­sure to make a num­ber of changes… (Min­eral Re­sources Min­is­ter Mosebenzi) Zwane, (Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Ayanda) Dlodlo are prime can­di­dates to be axed and pos­si­bly (Pub­lic En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Lynne) Brown be­cause of the scan­dals over state-owned en­ter­prises,” said the in­sider.

Ac­cord­ing to an ANCYL leader who has been cam­paign­ing for Dlamini Zuma, she was sur­prised by Fri­day’s an­nounce­ment that she was to be­come an MP, say­ing that it would take away cam­paign­ing time.

“The ANCWL had al­ready re­quested in March that she should take up a seat in Par­lia­ment. It’s likely she might not take up a cabi­net po­si­tion, but will chair one of Par­lia­ment’s pow­er­ful com­mit­tees like fi­nance, en­ergy or pub­lic en­ter­prises,” said the leader.

He said for Zuma to re­place Kubayi “doesn’t make sense be­cause she’s only re­cently been ap­pointed”. The sacri­fi­cial lambs could be Zwane and Brown even though they’ve been sup­port­ers of Zuma and by ex­ten­sion of Dlamini Zuma’s bid to suc­ceed him.

“Davies was not at the launch of the In­vest SA One Stop Shop along­side Pres­i­dent Zuma on Thurs­day, even though his de­part­ment sent out the in­vites,” said the youth league leader.

One se­nior ANC MP said the rea­son for parachut­ing Dlamini Zuma into gov­ern­ment was to give her ac­cess to re­sources to in­ten­sify her cam­paign. “This thing (her cam­paign) is not mov­ing be­cause she is out­side (gov­ern­ment). When she is in­side, she will have ac­cess to the abun­dance of state re­sources,” said the MP.

He said Dlamini Zuma could be sent given the health port­fo­lio as Zuma might re­move Aaron Mot­soaledi be­cause of ten­sions be­tween them.

An­other se­nior ANC MP, who chairs a port­fo­lio com­mit­tee, said Dlamini-Zuma was headed for a se­nior po­si­tion in cabi­net. “Ob­vi­ously, she can’t go to Par­lia­ment to be a back­bencher. This de­ploy­ment means there is a reshuf­fling com­ing. We will see who is taken out,” said the ANC MP.

In­de­pen­dent an­a­lyst Pro­fes­sor Sipho Seepe said Dlamini Zuma was too se­nior in the ANC to be sent to Par­lia­ment to oc­cupy the back­benches.

He con­curred Dlamini Zuma was go­ing to cabi­net.

“I am sur­prised she agreed to it be­cause she was in a bet­ter po­si­tion out­side.”

He said she could be de­ployed to higher ed­u­ca­tion and Blade Nz­i­mande could be re­moved be­cause the SACP has been vo­cal against Zuma.

Yes­ter­day, the ANCWL wel­comed Dlamini Zuma’s pos­si­ble ap­point­ment to Par­lia­ment, say­ing she would bring a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to the leg­is­la­ture and the ANC cau­cus. “The ANCWL is con­fi­dent Nkosazana will con­trib­ute im­mensely in mak­ing laws that will im­prove the lives of the peo­ple and erad­i­cate the scourge of in­equal­ity, un­em­ploy­ment and poverty,” said ANCWL sec­re­tary gen­eral Meokgo Matuba.

PIC­TURE: MOTSHWARI MOFOKENG

POWER PLAY:The news that Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is poised to be parachuted into a cabi­net po­si­tion has prompted spec­u­la­tion about who she is to re­place.

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