Dlamini Zuma campaign hit by skulduggery
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.
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.