Ramaphosa camp cleans up on ini­tial lists

Mail & Guardian - - News - Paddy Harper & Sa­belo Sk­iti

Kwazulu-na­tal ANC chair­per­son Sihle Zikalala has rid­den out a back­lash against him from sup­port­ers of former pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and is likely to emerge as the party’s premier can­di­date next May.

ANC branches across the coun­try are in the process of de­cid­ing who will rep­re­sent the party in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­tures, the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces (NCOP) and in Par­lia­ment next year. The pro­vin­cial list con­fer­ences are ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of the week­end, af­ter which their lists will be con­sol­i­dated at a na­tional list con­fer­ence.

Zikalala had led the cam­paign to elect Nkosazana Dlamini-zuma as ANC pres­i­dent last De­cem­ber, but has since been ac­cused of dump­ing the Zuma camp in favour of the suc­cess­ful “unity” slate he headed at the Kwazulu-na­tal pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence in July.

De­spite threats from his crit­ics in the ethek­wini and Moses Mab­hida re­gions that they would choose No­musa Dube-ncube, the ANC pro­vin­cial trea­surer, as premier can­di­date, Zikalala made the top spot on the 80-per­son list for the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture at the pro­vin­cial list con­fer­ence held in Dur­ban on Wed­nes­day.

As such, he is the pre­ferred premier can­di­date of the ANC in the prov­ince and, should the party win, he will re­place Wil­lies Mchunu af­ter the elec­tion in May.

The prov­ince’s leg­is­la­ture list and those for the Na­tional As­sem­bly and the NCOP will only be made pub­lic next week af­ter they are con­sol­i­dated, but the Mail & Guardian can also con­firm that Zikalala’s deputy, Mike Mabuyakhulu, made num­ber two on the prov­ince’s leg­is­la­ture list and num­ber one on its list for the NCOP.

Mabuyakhulu, one of the pro­vin­cial co-or­di­na­tors of Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s suc­cess­ful cam­paign at Nas­rec, made the list de­spite fac­ing charges of cor­rup­tion while he was the prov­ince’s MEC for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment for the payment of R28-mil­lion for a jazz fes­ti­val in 2012 that never took place.

Dube-ncube came in at num­ber three for the leg­is­la­ture list, and par­tic­i­pants in the con­fer­ence said that, de­spite the ear­lier ten­sions be­tween the two fac­tions, the prov­ince had elected a “bal­anced” set of can­di­dates.

“I think we have done very well,” said one del­e­gate who did not want to be iden­ti­fied be­cause he is not au­tho­rised to talk to the me­dia. “The list is very bal­anced and also has a fair num­ber of young peo­ple. This will take the ANC into the elec­tion in a good con­di­tion and spirit.”

Con­cerns that the ANC branches in the prov­ince would hit back at Deputy Pres­i­dent David Mabuza for his aban­don­ment of the “premier league” slate at Nas­rec proved un­founded. Mabuza’s stance at the ANC’S elec­tive congress at Nas­rec cost Dlamini-zuma the pres­i­dency, but Kwazulu-na­tal still placed him as num­ber two for the Na­tional As­sem­bly af­ter Ramaphosa. Dlaminizuma was placed third on the par­lia­men­tary list by branch del­e­gates.

Vot­ing at the con­fer­ence, which started late, only fin­ished af­ter 3am, but was “suc­cess­ful and peace­ful”, ac­cord­ing to ANC pro­vin­cial spokesper­son No­magugu Sime­lane-zulu.

The re­sults from Kwazulu-na­tal and the rest of the prov­inces will be con­sol­i­dated at a na­tional list con­fer­ence, from which the fi­nal list for the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­tures, Par­lia­ment and the NCOP will emerge.

Not all prov­inces have had such an orderly process. In North West, one per­son was stabbed and sev­eral oth­ers as­saulted when fight­ing broke out among del­e­gates from ri­val fac­tions dur­ing reg­is­tra­tion for the prov­ince’s list con­fer­ence in Potchef­stroom on Mon­day.

Del­e­gates had ac­cused the pro­vin­cial task team, which had been ap­pointed to run the ANC in the prov­ince af­ter the dis­band­ment of the pro-zuma pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) led by former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, of rig­ging branch rep­re­sen­ta­tion and of ma­nip­u­lat­ing the lists that had come from the North West re­gions.

ANC act­ing spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa said the del­e­gates in­volved in the in­ci­dent should face internal dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dures and crim­i­nal charges.

In Gaut­eng, ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son and premier David Makhura topped the list with his pro­vin­cial deputy, ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi, com­ing sec­ond.

A con­sol­i­da­tion of branches in the prov­ince, gen­er­ated on De­cem­ber 9, showed that Makhura, Le­sufi and deputy pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary No­mantu Nkomo-rale­hoko made the top three on the pro­vin­cial list. Pro­vin­cial trea­surer and former City of Jo­han­nes­burg mayor Parks Tau was eighth on the list. Former City of Tsh­wane mayor Kgosientsho Ramok­gopa was 10th. MECS Le­bo­gang Maile, Faith Maz­ibuko and Ntombi Mekgwe were placed fourth, fifth and sixth re­spec­tively.

PEC lead­ers Qedani Mahlangu and Brian Hlongwa, who were told by the prov­ince’s work­ing com­mit­tee this week to step down as party lead­ers, did not make the first 99 names on the pro­vin­cial list.

Former health MEC Mahlangu, who was un­der fire for her in­volve­ment in the Life Esidi­meni disas­ter that re­sulted in the death of at least 144 psy­chi­atric pa­tients, did not make the 1 013-per­son list seen by the M&G.

Former ANC leg­is­la­ture chief whip Hlongwa, who is the sub­ject of a Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit probe into al­leged cor­rup­tion dur­ing his ten­ure as health MEC in 2009, was at num­ber 467.

Top spot: Kwazulu-na­tal ANC chair Sihle Zikalala is num­ber one on the pro­vin­cial list for next year. Photo: Ro­gan Ward/reuters

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