ANC Parly list is not ‘cast in stone’

Zuma, Gi­gaba, Dlamini, Muthambi and Zwane – all can­di­dates who could be vet­ted for ‘in­tegrity’

Mail & Guardian - - News - Paddy Harper

ANC lead­ers who were pre­vi­ously sacked from Cabi­net po­si­tions but have made it back on to the party’s par­lia­men­tary list — af­ter nom­i­na­tions by their prov­inces — will still be vet­ted for “in­tegrity” by the party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC).

ANC elec­tions head Fik­ile Mbalula said on Thurs­day that the list con­sol­i­dated by the party’s list con­fer­ence in Dur­ban on Fri­day would be fur­ther sub­jected to “Op­er­a­tion Veritas” to en­sure that all those who made the fi­nal list did not have a neg­a­tive im­pact on its in­tegrity.

Mbalula sought to em­pha­sise that the cur­rent list had not been fi­nalised, say­ing it was not “cast in stone” that lead­ers axed for cor­rup­tion or who were fac­ing crim­i­nal charges would re­main on the fi­nal list. The draft list would still be “ad­justed” by the NEC to en­sure a bal­ance of age, skills and gen­der, as well as “suit­abil­ity”.

The ANC’S list con­fer­ence will con­sol­i­date the lists of can­di­dates for the Na­tional Assem­bly, the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces and pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­tures gen­er­ated by the prov­inces. The new Cabi­net to be ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa af­ter the May elec­tion will be drawn from the top sec­tion of the Na­tional Assem­bly list.

The draft Na­tional Assem­bly list, which the Mail & Guardian has seen, is topped by Ramaphosa, fol­lowed by deputy pres­i­dent David Mabuza, and na­tional chair­per­son Gwede Man­tashe at num­ber three.

Nkosazana Dlamini-zuma, who lost her bid for the pres­i­dency last De­cem­ber, is placed at seven, be­hind trea­surer Paul Mashatile (six), deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral Jessie Duarte (five) and sec­re­tary gen­eral Ace Ma­gashule (four).

For­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma is num­ber 74, and dis­graced for­mer home af­fairs min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba is 26th. Batha­bile Dlamini, the min­is­ter of women in the pres­i­dency, is 17th, one place be­hind Senzo Mchunu, ANC head of or­gan­is­ing.

Sacked min­is­ters Faith Muthambi and Mosebenzi Zwane, along with for­mer North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, all of whom are im­pli­cated in al­le­ga­tions re­lated to state cap­ture, also made the cut for par­lia­men­tary seats, ac­cord­ing to the draft list, as did for­mer Kwazulu-na­tal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, who is cur­rently out on bail on cor­rup­tion charges.

Mbalula said the ANC did face “chal­lenges” in some prov­inces re­gard­ing the list process and was also fac­ing le­gal ac­tion from some in­di­vid­u­als in prov­inces, who were chal­leng­ing the out­come of the con­fer­ences ahead of the list process.

He said the ANC’S in­ter­nal democ­racy process al­lowed “ev­ery­body” to be nom­i­nated by the branches, but that names would be culled by the party’s vet­ting pro­cesses.

“It is not a given that a per­son who made the draft list would nec­es­sar­ily be found on the fi­nal list,” he said.

Act­ing ANC spokesper­son Dakota Le­goete said the party’s ap­peal struc­tures were deal­ing with branches from North West, where the list con­fer­ence was again can­celled this week. The North West branches’ list would be sub­mit­ted to the list con­fer­ence, along with the fi­nal de­ci­sion about whether or not to in­clude it.

Mbalula said the ANC’S prepa­ra­tions for its man­i­festo launch in Dur­ban on Jan­uary 12 and its ral­lies in the province were well un­der way.

He said the ANC would hold “de­cen­tralised” Jan­uary 8 ral­lies in all 11 ANC re­gions in Kwazu­lunatal, and Ramaphosa would de­liver the mes­sage, an ANC tra­di­tion since its for­ma­tion 107 years ago, at the Oh­lange In­sti­tute in Inanda, north of Dur­ban.

Ramaphosa had been billed to ad­dress sup­port­ers in the trou­bled Moses Mab­hida re­gion at the Harry Gwala Sta­dium in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg. But con­cerns that Zuma sup­port­ers would boo him re­sulted in Ramaphosa’s ad­dress be­ing moved to the ethek­wini re­gion, ac­cord­ing to sources in both the Zuma- and Ramaphosa-sup­port­ing camps.

The Moses Mab­hida lead­er­ship has been sus­pended and re­placed by a re­gional task team, but Zuma sup­port­ers have boy­cotted it and staged protests at Luthuli House and at the ANC pro­vin­cial and re­gional of­fices.

They have also threat­ened not to cam­paign for the ANC and to dis­rupt party ac­tiv­i­ties sould their griev­ances con­tinue to be ig­nored.

But Mbalula said the rally had been shifted to Dur­ban be­cause of a clash with a foot­ball match at Harry Gwala. He also said Ramaphosa would go to the Moses Mab­hida re­gion with Ma­gashule.

Zuma and for­mer pres­i­dents Kgalema Mot­lanthe and Thabo Mbeki had been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the Jan­uary 8 cel­e­bra­tions and other ANC events lead­ing up to the elec­tions.

“Ev­ery­body is in­vited. All the for­mer pres­i­dents have been in­vited. We will ap­pre­ci­ate it that, on oc­ca­sions like this one, they should ac­tu­ally at­tend,” Mbalula said.

There was “no worry” that the events would be dis­rupted, he said.

Back on the list: For­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma has also made the ANC’S draft par­lia­men­tary list, de­spite be­ing im­pli­cated in the state cap­ture al­le­ga­tions. Photo: Gian­luigi Guer­cia/afp

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