ANC 'premier league' moving to secure Dlamini-Zuma presidency - claim

2015-09-07 14:39
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma  (Simon Maina, AFP)

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (Simon Maina, AFP)

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Johannesburg - The outcome of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) congress was just another step forward to work out Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's role and secure the presidency for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a highly placed source says.

This was believed to be part of a bigger plan orchestrated by a strong lobby group in the ANC dubbed the "premier league".

"It started with the [ANC] Women's League; now the Youth League," a highly placed source told News24.

"Everybody must make it happen for Nkosazana."

According to the ANC insider, who did not want to be named, this was the work of the "premier league".

He said Ramaphosa had no choice.

"Cyril will do as he's told if he knows what's good for him."

However, ANC leaders have denied there was such a thing as the "premier league".

'Unfortunate phenomenon'

During his maiden address on Sunday, newly elected ANCYL president Collen Maine called it an "unfortunate phenomenon" being discussed within the alliance structures.

ANCYL national task team convenor and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula also denied its existence.

In the run-up to the ANCYL congress, it was alleged that Maine was the "premier league's" preferred candidate for president and that he was being imposed on the ANCYL.

A highly placed source in the alliance confirmed the "premier league" existed within the ANC and that there was no doubt it had ensured Maine became ANCYL president.

"[The premier league] come from within the ANC. In fact it comes from those three premiers themselves who identified themselves as the premier league," he told News24.

"This thing in the ANC is a well-known thing... To deny the existence of something formally and officially announced by the people themselves does not make sense at all."

It was believed plenty of money went into securing the outcomes of the ANCWL and ANCYL congresses.

'Nail in the coffin'

Those elected to lead the leagues would be in a position to help those wanting positions in the ANC's top-six structure.

During her political report presented at the ANCWL congress, former president Angie Motshekga warned about men in the ANC who tried instructing women on who to elect as leaders.

She went as far as to identify ANC provincial chairpersons. All three premiers are also their provincial ANC chairpersons.

"Being told at an organisational or official government platform by an ANC chair, who to choose for the ANCWL leadership, amounts to abuse of office of the highest order and should be rejected in no uncertain terms," Motshekga said.

Another party insider, with intimate knowledge on the ANCYL congress and leadership, described the weekend's congress as another "nail in the coffin".

He said Maine was an uninspiring leader who had no real plans for the ANCYL.

"He is a loud hailer; he is a stooge for the other people who want to advance their own [ambitions]."

Vote buying and patronage

Although the "premier league's" plan was to advance Dlamini-Zuma, the party insider said there were some in the ANC who did not trust her.

Dlamini-Zuma stood on the slate of former president Thabo Mbeki at the party's 2007 Polokwane elective congress.

President Jacob Zuma defeated Mbeki at the congress.

However, the "premier league" seemed to wield power, because of the money it was said to be throwing around.

"Economics is playing itself out in politics," the alliance insider said.

"If it is not brought to an end, it will continue until 2017 and then continue until the ANC collapses, unless there is control."

Vote buying and patronage would continue under the "premier league".

He said 2017 was going to be a "big, big battle".

One of the ANC insider's said although the three provinces involved were small, they were allegedly the most corrupt.

"They fund [people]. There is vote buying." 

Read more on:    anc  |  ancyl  |  cyril ramaphosa  |  jacob zuma  |  nkosazana dlamini-zuma  |  politics  |  anc ngc

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