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Cyril names his team

- SIVIWE FEKETHA AND GE­ORGE MATLALA

THE ANC suc­ces­sion bat­tle yesterday moved up a gear af­ter Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa took the ex­traor­di­nary step of an­nounc­ing a team he wants to lead the gov­ern­ing party with him.

The un­usual move saw Hu­man Set­tle­ments Min­is­ter Lindiwe Sisulu dropped as the po­ten­tial deputy to Ramaphosa.

The former trade union leader’s de­ci­sion was un­usual given the tra­di­tion of the party’s lead­ers not to pub­licly re­veal those they want to lead with.

It also opened him to ac­cu­sa­tions that he was openly fac­tional and push­ing the pol­i­tics of slates.

Speak­ing at his cam­paign rally at Tafelkop Sta­dium in the Sekhukhune dis­trict of Lim­popo, Ramaphosa said he wanted Science and Tech­nol­ogy Min­is­ter Naledi Pan­dor as his deputy when the party’s elec­tive congress is held next month.

Ramaphosa also told the large crowd of sup­port­ers that he wanted former KwaZulu-Na­tal ANC chair­man and pre­mier, Senzo Mchunu to be sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the party.

“These are the lead­ers that will take the or­gan­i­sa­tion for­ward and re­build it.

“We want to build a team and the team we want to build is called ‘The Winning Team’,” Ramaphosa said.

He has lined up cur­rent ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe as na­tional chair­man and Gaut­eng chair­man Paul Mashatile as trea­surer-gen­eral.

Yesterday’s rally was part of Ramaphosa’s in­tense two-day cam­paign trail which started on Satur­day.

The cam­paign in Vhembe and Sekhukhune in­cluded meet­ings with kings, tra­di­tional lead­ers and del­e­gates to the elec­tive congress.

Lim­popo is one of the prov­inces where Ramaphosa and former AU Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma are in an in­tense bat­tle. Man­tashe’s in­stal­la­tion on Ramaphosa’s slate comes as no suprise as he has been ag­i­tat­ing for Ramaphosa to be al­lowed to suc­ceed Ja­cob Zuma on the ba­sis of the deputy suc­ceed­ing the in­cum­bent.

Mchunu has been one of a few ANC lead­ers head­ing Ramaphosa’s cam­paign in KwaZulu-Na­tal, con­sid­ered to be Dlamini Zuma’s strong­hold.

Among se­nior ANC lead­ers with Ramaphosa in Lim­popo were na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers Mathole Mot­shekga and Health Min­is­ter Aaron Mot­soaledi, who he said he wanted in the party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive.

Sekhukhune dis­trict ex­ec­u­tive mayor and deputy re­gional chair­man Stan Ra­maila said the re­gion was be­hind Ramaphosa, who said deep-seated cor­rup­tion among cur­rent party lead­ers had caused loss of hope in the party’s abil­ity to trans­form the coun­try in the in­ter­est of the ma­jor­ity.

“We want the pres­i­dent to set up that com­mis­sion of in­quiry so that all those steal­ing our money are iden­ti­fied and made to bring it back,” he said.

Mean­while, sup­port­ers of Dlamini Zuma ac­com­pa­nied Pres­i­dent Zuma to the West Rand, in Gaut­eng, to drum up sup­port for her cam­paign.

Umkhonto weSizwe Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion trea­surer Des van Rooyen and Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion Min­is­ter Nomvula Mokonyane came to Kag­iso to help di­lute Ramaphosa’s back­ing, which is led by the pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship.

Van Rooyen said Dlamini Zuma was in a good po­si­tion to carry out rad­i­cal eco­nomic transforma­tion.

Zuma warned against fac­tion­al­ism in the party, say­ing rad­i­cal eco­nomic transforma­tion had to do with the chang­ing of the struc­ture of the econ­omy. “We must fin­ish fac­tions,” he said.

Zuma said those who were speak­ing against the ANC in the run-up to the con­fer­ence should be spo­ken to.

The unity of the ANC be­yond the con­fer­ence was crit­i­cal. “Let’s not take the elec­tive con­fer­ence as a war,” he said, speak­ing mainly in isiZulu.

“SHE de­ceived us all. In­clud­ing my­self. The elo­quence and high moral stand­ing that she pre­sented to us fooled us all. I per­son­ally feel cheated.”

With these harsh words, former ANC MP Makhosi Khoza laid into Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Bu­siswe Mkhwe­bane, ac­cus­ing her of de­ceiv­ing the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee that ap­pointed her. Khoza was the head of that com­mit­tee.

Mkhwe­bane and Khoza were sched­uled to share the stage at a round ta­ble dis­cus­sion on Mkhwe­bane’s first year on of­fice. The event was hosted by the Hanns Sei­del Foun­da­tion and Catholic Par­lia­men­tary Li­ai­son Of­fice in Cape Town. Mkhwe­bane, how­ever, snubbed the event.

The snub comes as calls for an in­quiry to test her fit­ness to hold of­fice be­come louder and her mis­han­dling of the con­tro­ver­sial re­port into bank­ing gi­ant Absa, which she or­dered to re­pay R1.125 billion, and in­structed Par­lia­ment to amend the con­sti­tu­tion and SA Re­serve Bank Act.

“We could have never thought she would do what she has done so far. She had the elo­quence and fit the cri­te­ria of the pub­lic pro­tec­tor. How­ever, what was at stake was get­ting to the bot­tom point. That was the prob­lem, not process in se­lect­ing a per­son for the job. “But not only did she de­ceive po­lit­i­cal par­ties, she de­ceived a whole na­tion,” she said.

Khoza also said her ex­pe­ri­ence should not be a mat­ter for dis­cus­sion.

“I was 26 years old when I was elected as the deputy mayor of Pi­eter­mar­itzburg. At that time I’d never held R10 000 in my hands. It is not fair and very un­war­ranted to punch holes in her ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

Khoza, how­ever, said there were two crit­i­cal po­si­tions in the coun­try: that of pub­lic pro­tec­tor and pres­i­dent.

“When we look at these two peo­ple now, we might see some col­lu­sion. If the pub­lic pro­tec­tor con­sults with the pres­i­dent on which cases must get pref­er­ence… that has noth­ing with to do with ex­pe­ri­ence. It has to do with your moral com­pass. She made us be­lieve she was some­one she was clearly not,” Khoza said.

With­out re­fer­ring to the Absa re­port, Khoza said Mkhwe­bane’s or­ders were reck­less.

“Pre­vi­ous pub­lic pro­tec­tors never made or­ders like that. They would al­ways make rec­om­men­da­tions,” she said.

Cleo Mosana, Mkhwe­bane’s spokesper­son, said an in­vite to speak at the event was sent late.

“It was sent to our com­mu­ni­ca­tions department. Ad­vo­cate Mkhwe­bane wanted to go, but she had other com­mit­ments which she al­ready agreed to at­tend. It was then del­e­gated to one our direc­tors, but the of­fi­cial had prior meet­ings sched­uled with the Health Om­buds­man. It was re­ally un­for­tu­nate that we could not at­tend,” she said.

Asked about Khoza’s com­ments, Mosana said: “It is re­ally un­for­tu­nate and some­what un­war­ranted. It’s ad­vo­cate Mkhwe­bane’s first year in of­fice and it would be very un­fair to judge her so harshly so early. The mis­take (Absa re­port) she al­ready ac­ceded too.”

‘Not only did she de­ceive par­ties, but a na­tion’

 ??  ?? TEAM MAN: Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa
TEAM MAN: Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa

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