Officials ‘won’t be used to divide ANC’, bow out of Mpumalanga elections

2015-08-18 16:55
Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza

Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza (Adele du Toit)

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Mpumalanga ANC officials have ruled themselves out of the province’s upcoming elective conference. 

Provincial ANC deputy chairperson David Dube, secretary Lucky Ndinisa, deputy secretary Violet Siwela and treasurer Andries Gamede said they did not want to be used to divide the ANC. 

The officials projected a united front following a provincial executive committee lekgotla on the weekend. The committee affirmed the resolution taken by branches in the provincial general council early this year to keep Premier David Mabuza as Mpumalanga ANC chairperson for a third term. 

This was aimed at countering a disgruntled section of ANC members, who call themselves the Save Mpumalanga ANC. They favoured Dube as Mabuza’s replacement and wanted to retain Ndinisa in his current position when the provincial conference sat in October. 

Until today, the Save Mpumalanga ANC faction had been saying that Dube was part of their campaign and was ready to challenge Mabuza. 

Save Mpumalanga ANC had slammed the resolution on Mabuza’s third term. The group claimed that legitimate branch meetings did not take place to nominate candidates to the provincial general council. 

Two weeks ago they marched to the ANC office to complain, but the leadership did not avail themselves to take their memorandum and threatened to take disciplinary action against the participants. 

The provincial executive committee had before the march suspended one of its members, Peter Nyoni, from the ANC after he was accused of organising the unprecedented march. 

In a conference addressed by the four officials, Ndinisa said: “As officials here we’re not divided. We will not contest each other in the conference. 

“We have an organisation to manage … the challenges and ambitions of our activists. There are people trying to drive a wedge in the leadership. The ANC has serious challenges and we want to constrain ourselves,” Ndinisa added. 

However, he insisted that branches would still exercise their constitutional right to nominate candidates for positions, including a chairperson towards the elective conference. 

Ndinisa said the lekgotla supported Mabuza’s call that the upcoming ANC national general council should not be used as a curtain-raiser for the 2017 national elective conference, and denied that this statement contradicted the provincial general council’s entrenching of Mabuza’s position. 

The officials’ decision has all but ensured that Mabuza’s election would not be contested. A third term would boost his ambitions to ascend to the ANC’s national top six. 

Save Mpumalanga ANC leader Sipho Monareng was sure Dube would still challenge Mabuza as chairperson in spite of him distancing himself from the conference. 

“[Dube] is going to stand. I would like to believe branches will nominate whomever they want otherwise we would be left with no organisation,” Monareng said.

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