Mpumalanga's DD Mabuza set to be re-elected unopposed

2015-12-11 22:31
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Nelspruit - Mpumalanga Premier David "DD" Mabuza looks set to be reinstalled as ANC provincial chairman uncontested when the organisation holds its 12th elective provincial conference this weekend.

ANC provincial secretary Lucky Ndinisa confirmed that none of the top five officials in the provincial structure would contest one another.

“The five of us who were elected at the 11th provincial conference of the ANC in 2012 will not contest one another. There shall be no DD Mabuza who will contest Lucky Ndinisa and vice versa. There shall be no Lucky Ndinisa who will contest David Dube (deputy chair) and vice versa. There shall be no David Dube who will contest Violet Siwela (deputy secretary) and vice versa, and there shall be no Andries Gamede (treasurer) who will contest Lucky Ndinisa or vice versa,” said Ndinisa on Friday.

The lists of candidates for the provincial executive committee that are circulating currently, however, tell a different story.

David Dube is pitted against Violet Siwela for the deputy chairperson position. Lucky Ndinisa against Mandla Ndlovu for the provincial secretary position and Cathy Dlamini against Thulisile Khoza for the deputy secretary position.

Ndlovu is Bohlabela district secretary of the ANC while Dlamini and Khoza are National Assembly member and Nkomazi mayor, respectively.

The lists also show Gamede against Gert Sibande regional chair Vusi Shongwe for the provincial treasury.

The only leader who seems to be uncontested in the lists circulating is Mabuza. It appears that even his critics have accepted the inevitability of him being retained as the ANC’s provincial chairman for a third term.

However, the fairness of the elections hinge on the company that has been appointed to administer the votes.

Ndinisa would not divulge the name of the company but would only say "an independent body" would manage the electoral processes.

"I don’t understand what is the interest in you wanting to know the specific name of that company. I am a bit uncomfortable to tell you that because I don’t understand why we are so interested to know which one. But I can put it on record that it’s an independent body and a credible one for that matter," said Ndinisa.

The objectivity of the companies managing the election processes at ANC conferences has been a subject of intense debate in the social media.

This follows the election results of the provincial conference of the ANC in KwaZulu–Natal which were allegedly published on the ANC’s official Twitter account at 22:23 while the delegates were still casting their ballots. The voting ended at about 03:00 the following day.

The ANC is still investigating the issue.

Ndinisa acknowledged that there was a possibility for irregularities following the revelations that branches in Emalahleni and Nkomazi may be involved in membership fraud but said that won’t affect the credibility of the conference.

"It is true that we are in the middle of our investigation. We can’t say 100% that there is nothing into this matter. The information that we have is that there’s only one branch in Emalahleni that is severely affected about this matter, and there are very few in Nkomazi. We have not made a determination as to what would be the implications of that,” said Ndinisa.
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