Mabuza, the survivor

2012-04-06 07:53

Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza will emerge from this weekend’s provincial ANC conference a victor.

While the premier and ANC provincial chairperson has many opponents in and outside the ANC who believe he is running the province to the ground, Mabuza has proven to be a survivor.

He has been accused of sowing division among the party’s rank and file – begetting the pro-Mabuza and anti-Mabuza factions that exist as the organisation goes to the elective conference.

As it stands, the anti-Mabuza group that comprise the ANC Youth League, Cosatu and SACP are not united as to who should challenge for the chairpersonship between current deputy, Charles Makola (also Nkangala district municipal manager) and treasurer Clifford Mkasi (also health MEC).

This is another plus for Mabuza’s ambition to win a second term.

On the other hand, Mabuza’s followers are staunch in their support for him – he has a knack for rewarding loyalty.

The anti-Mabuza groups have tried to unseat his allies in the four ANC regions in the province last year and failed.

Those conferences were marred by allegations of fraud, which did not have any impact.

His government has a bad public image. It is counted among the most corrupt provinces in the country – one where politicians and civil servants fingered in malfeasance have been rising meteorically, as if this is a stepping stone to better things.

But no one – not in government or Luthuli House – seems to be prepared to listen to his detractors’ case against him.

Mabuza is a survivor, finish and klaar.

Just think about how he worked his way up the ANC ranks despite the humiliating 2008 inflated matric results scandal.

Anyone who can do that can easily win this conference. 

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