ANC announces KZN candidate election list

2013-10-28 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal’s finalised list for next year’s elections — if accepted — could herald the return of former police commissioner Bheki Cele, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge and others who had been considered to be in the political wilderness.

KZN branches have also nominated Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile. The duo contested for the top six positions and lost at the Mangaung conference.

This weekend they party finalised its list with 1 000 delegates choosing their preferred candidates for Parliament and the provincial legislature.

Party insiders say that they had tried to look past what happened in Mangaung and were being more inclusive in their lists.

Cele, who was fired by President Jacob Zuma after being censured by a commission of inquiry into the police’s Pretoria lease fiasco, is on both legislature and Parliament lists.

Madlala-Routledge resigned in 2009. It is understood she had her sights set on becoming the new Speaker of Parliament, but her hopes were dashed when party bosses announced that national executive committee member Max Sisulu would take the job.

Former cabinet and deputy ministers such as Thoko Didiza, Sankie Mthembu-Mahanyele and Siphiwe Nyanda have been nominated along with some of the current serving ministers.

Former top officials like spy boss Billy Masetla, Joel Netshitenzhe and former governor Tito Mboweni are also on the KZN list for Parliament.

Trade unionists Cosatu leader Sdumo Dlamini and Cosatu provincial boss Zet Luzipo are included for Parliament and the KZN Legislature respectively.

Former ANCYL leaders Malusi Gigaba, Lulu Johnson, Zizi Kodwa and Pule Mabe have also made it onto the KZN parliament list as well as Chief Mandla Mandela.

A party insider said the nominations were merely just about preferences.

“It does not really indicate who is going or not,” said a party member who is not allowed officially to speak to the media.

Meanwhile, some KZN councillors found their names on the list that was voted for at the weekend in Durban despite the ANC barring municipal councillors from being nominated as candidates on the nomination lists for next year’s elections.

The list, shown to The Witness, showed that uMgungundlovu District mayor Yusuf Bhamjee and Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela were some of the notable councillors nominated by branches to serve as MP and MPL respectively.

Others are eThekwini deputy mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala and councillors Barbara Fortein and Nigel Gumede.

Their inclusion came almost two months after ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe wrote to provincial structures reminding them that councillors did not qualify to be included on the candidate lists.

Contacted yesterday, Bhamjee said: “Talk to the provincial secretary. He is the best person to guide you on the matter.”

Ndlela said he could not discuss an internal matter of the ANC with the media.

“The list process is for the ANC at provincial level. I can’t discuss it with the media. I will advise you to approach the secretary,” he said.

Both also referred questions to provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala when asked if they accepted the nominations.

• mayibongwe.maqhina@witness.co.za

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