ANC keeps to the same for 2014 polls

2014-02-02 10:00

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The ANC is pushing for continuity in leadership with Zuma unlikely to introduce major changes.

The ANC’s election candidate list suggests that there will be continuity in government leadership after this year’s polls, and that President Jacob Zuma is unlikely to introduce major changes.

The leaked portion of the provisional list, which is led by Zuma and his party deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, is dominated by people who are already in Cabinet or prominent public positions.

The ANC heavyweights who top the list include Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Parliamentary Speaker Max Sisulu.

The odd man out is Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula, who fell out of favour with the dominant grouping in the ANC in the ­run-up to the party’s 2012 elective conference yet still received a resounding endorsement from the party’s rank and file to one of the top 10 spots.

Interestingly, ANC branches have also given a thumbs up to former national police commissioner Bheki Cele, something some in the party interpret as a sign that the list process was not unduly influenced by factional rivalries.

The ranking of people on the list is significant for candidates’ careers, if the 2004 and 2009 ANC candidate lists are anything to go by.

Most of the people who featured in the top 30 of those years’ lists – including Trevor Manuel, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Lindiwe Sisulu – landed Cabinet positions.

This suggests even though the president has the prerogative to choose his men and women, being high up on the lists count in candidates’ favour.

To some extent, the same goes for the provincial lists.

The ANC list guidelines document, circulated by the party to its structures last year, says provincial premier candidates “will be added as number one on the provincial legislature lists, once the [national executive committee] agrees on their deployment”.

City Press understands that KwaZulu-Natal has recommended Senzo Mchunu, Willies Mchunu and Peggy Nkonyeni as potential candidates for premier.

The Gauteng list is led by provincial secretary David Makhura, education MEC Barbara Creecy and provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile.

But Mashatile hinted to City Press earlier this week that he would consider taking a position on the national list, which leaves Makhura and Creecy competing for the top spot.

The ANC sets out fairly simple requirements for candidates to qualify to remain on the list. These are:

»?No criminal record ­ post-April 1994;

»?No history of ill-discipline or corruption;

»?No history of involvement in fostering divisions and conflict; and

»?Member in good standing with a proven track record of commitment to?movement.

The guidelines also spell out some of the factors that will influence the shape of the final list of deployees, including:

»?Ensuring that 50% of the people on the list are women;

»?60% of candidates should be former or serving members of Parliament or members of provincial legislatures;

»?Representation of the provincial and national demographics;

»?Ensuring that Cosatu, the SA Communist Party and the SA National Civic Organisation are represented;

»?Ensuring there is a balanced mixture of young, old and people with disabilities; and

»?Ensuring that 33% of the candidates have expertise to deal with government in areas like economic development, rural development, social development, safety and security, infrastructure development, public finance, and law.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the lists from Monday’s conference would be “cleaned up” by the party’s list committee before the final list is sent to the Independent Electoral Commission for publication.

But he said the top 25% of candidates were guaranteed their positions to honour branches’ democratic processes.

Some prominent national executive committee members, including Dlamni-Zuma and Enoch Godongwana, have declined nomination.

Other party heavyweights who have fallen out of the top?30 since 2009 include Pallo Jordan, Manuel, Charles Nqakula and Ngoako Ramathlodi.

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