KZN sends list purged of ‘ABZs’

2012-12-04 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal completely snubbed deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, leaving him off its list of nominations for the party’s 80-member national executive committee (NEC).

Purged as well from the list are members perceived to be from the “Anyone but Zuma” (ABZ) camp. They include presidential contender and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, party treasurer Matthew Phosa, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and Nyami Booi.

Former police commissioner Bheki Cele, who was seen to be part of the ABZ camp, made it on to the list, as did veteran ANC member Thenjiwe Mtintso, South Africa’s ambassador to Italy.

An ANC insider who was at the nomination conference said not a single person raised any objections or asked for the removal of Cele’s name.

Another source said Motlanthe was left out of the NEC list because he was nominated only for the position of deputy president. When the votes were cast, Motlanthe lost out to Cyril Ramaphosa.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Zola Skweyiya, Makhenkesi Stofile, Tony Yengeni and his wife Lumka also did not feature in the KZN list.

Some surprise inclusions were KZN Legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and former youth league leader and KZN MEC for Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha.

Intelligence Minister Siyabonga Cwele and Transport Minister Ben Martins, who also hail from KZN, made it onto the KZN list.

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi was also picked by KZN amid speculation that this was to thank him for the flack he has taken on behalf of Zuma over the R248 million upgrade to his Nkandla home.

The province also nominated Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini,who according to weekend reports also made it on to the Eastern Cape and Free State lists.

African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was a popular inclusion on the KZN list and former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni was an unexpected pick.

In an apparent push to ensure a generational mix within the NEC, former youth league members nominated by KZN included Zuma’s spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba and Febe Potgieter-Gqubule.

One of KZN’s NEC nominees, Free State Health MEC Fezi Ngubentombi, died in a car accident on Sunday.

Long-standing NEC members who featured on the KZN list include Jeremy Cronin, Enoch Godongwana, Ebrahim Ebrahim, Derek Hanekom, Pallo Jordan, Trevor Manuel, Billy Masetlha, Sbu Ndebele, Joel Netshitenze, Naledi Pandor and Jeff Radebe, Sue van der Merwe and Lindiwe and Max Sisulu.

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