ANC nod for core leaders

2014-03-13 00:00

THE compilation of the ANC’s list of candidates for the provincial legislature appears to have been motivated by the needs to ensure continuity in the legislative bodies and to facilitate the political return of some leaders who had been deployed elsewhere in the last term.

The list has Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube at the top, followed by Premier Senzo Mchunu and Finance MEC Ina Cronjé, with the remaining MECs rounding off the top 10.

Although Dube-Ncube tops the list, it does not make her the automatic premier elect after the elections, because the ANC’s national leaders will choose from three names submitted to them.

However, the fact that four women are in the top 10 of a list headed by a woman fuels debate on whether it is not time the province had a woman premier.

The list also indicates that former legislature chief whip Cyril Xaba, now chairperson of the Planning Commission, and former Standing Committee on Public Accounts chairperson Makhosi Khosa are likely to return to the legislature, as is the sister of African Union head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Hlobisile Ngxongo. Ngxongo once served as an MPL and was acquitted of criminal charges in 2003.

Also perceived in some quarters as making a comeback is former police commissioner Bheki Cele, who tops the list of candidates from the province to Parliament.

Cele, a former MEC in KZN, is currently a member of the ANC’s national executive committee. He had been absent from the political arena due to his deployment as commissioner, until he was fired from the job by President Jacob Zuma two years ago.

Cele is followed by Cosatu KZN boss Zet Luzipo, a strong Zuma supporter during its turbulent times, who had previously been nominated by ANC branches.

Former Msunduzi deputy mayor Mervin Dirks and former Durban councillor Trevor Bonhomme are also nominated for national duty.

Despite refusing to vote in Parliament, along with Ben Turok, on the State Information Bill, Gloria Borman is on the list to Parliament again.

Deputy minister of finance Nhlanhla Nene also appears on the provincial list to Parliament, along with fellow MP Sizani Dlamini-Dubazana, who bought a R3,6 million Forest Town home for Zuma’s use when he was sacked as deputy president in 2005. The Zuma family still use the house.

However, MP Christopher Ntuli is set to be deployed to the legislature in Pietermaritzburg.

ANC regional chairperson Alpha Shelembe, already serving as MPL, has been nominated again.

Current chief whip Lizzie Shabalala’s position on the list is precarious, and it remains to be seen if she makes the cut after the elections.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the lists ensured continuity and the representation of all sectors.

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