Nciza, Masina win ANC contest

By Drum Digital
02 November 2014

This makes the Ekurhuleni leadership the only pro-Jacob Zuma faction in a provincial ANC that is known for being critical of the party president.

Music mogul Thembinkosi "TK" Nciza is part of the faction that won the contest for the leadership of the ANC in Ekurhuleni.

ANC Youth League Task Team convenor and Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina was elected chairperson at the conference held at St George hotel in Tshwane.  Eric Xayiya, advisor to Gauteng Premier David Makhura, lost the contest for chairpersonship to Masina.

Masina has been one of Zuma’s vocal defenders and campaigners in the build to the 2012 Mangaung conference that re-elected.

Nciza, who was elected was elected regional treasurer, rarely makes public statement. The last time he did was when defended Zuma from  socialite Kenny Kunene's searing attack last year. Nciza’s partner S’bu Leope is more open about his support for the ANC.

In his acceptance speech, Masina promised to change Ekurhuleni from a region that had become Gauteng’s laughing stock.

He also called for unity, saying the newly-elected leadership will have no time for divisions.

A source in the provincial ANC downplayed the significance of the Ekurhuleni upset.

“[Chairperson]Paul (Mashatile’s] people are in the majority in the provincial leadership. So they [Masina’s faction] will find themselves alone there,” he said.

However, the provincial leadership welcomed the outcome of the Ekurhuleni conference this afternoon.

“The outcome of the conference will strengthen and build the organisation to ensure that the ANC addresses the pressing challenges faced by the people.

“The Ekurhuleni region will remain stable, focused and united,” said provincial ANC spokesperson Dumisa Ntuli.

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