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Mbalula’s bid for power on the rocks

2012-10-14 18:28

Johannesburg - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s campaign to become the ANC’s secretary general is on the skids.

City Press has learnt that Mbalula, whom the ANC Youth League has punted as a strong replacement for Gwede Mantashe, was shocked when only the league and Limpopo nominated him for the job.

His name does not appear on any other preferred candidate lists that have been released by provinces or party formations in the past two weeks.

Mbalula’s name featured on a slate led by ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, which is championed by the youth league.

An Mbalula ally who has been part of lobbying for his cause told City Press there seemed to be little hope of reviving the campaign.

“Motlanthe and Zuma don’t want Mbalula as secretary general.

“They would rather have Gwede [Mantashe] or Joel Netshitenzhe,” said the ally.

“Mbaks [Mbalula] can serve as deputy [for] either Gwede or Joel. But currently he seems not to be getting the secretary general.”

A provincial leader in the anti-Zuma camp said some of Mbalula’s close comrades were floating the idea that he should settle for the position of deputy secretary general. The leader said Mbalula was warming to this idea.

“There’s a campaign by some in the North West to keep Gwede as SG, which means Mbalula must be deputy,” the leader told City Press.

“They want Gwede for the Eastern Cape vote, but we believe our Eastern Cape delegates are happy, we don’t need Gwede.”

Ambition

Mbalula told City Press through his spokesperson Justin de Allende that he would only comment “once the nomination process is complete” at the end of next month and he has been formally asked to stand for a position.

It seems Mbalula’s naked ambition has been his undoing.

His ally said he had been warned about coming out too early and making his ambitions clear.

“In politics you don’t play your cards openly. Your enemies will know what you’re thinking.

“He is predictable and playful, something Gauteng has been telling him about,” said the ally.

His comrades’ warnings about being too outspoken on Mangaung matters seem to have angered Mbalula.

“We told him the truth about his comrades and friends, [but] he didn’t listen to us. Now we’re [accused of] sabotaging him,” the ally told City Press.

KwaZulu-Natal ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala, who is a former Mbalula ally, said choosing leaders was not about friendship.

“We were not a bunch of associates, but people working in an organisation,” said Zikalala, who is lobbying for Zuma’s re-election at Mangaung.

Misled


“We agree on issues now but can differ later. There are no permanent friends and permanent enemies in the ANC,” he said.

A Zuma-supporting national executive committee member said it was clear from early informal talks between provincial leaders that Mbalula would not make it.

“Some people have been throwing a blanket over his head. They misled him badly,” the source said.

An Eastern Cape leader said Mbalula’s campaign had been undermined by the association with expelled former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, because some people feared Malema would return to the party.

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Comments
  • mmoledis - 2012-10-14 11:58

    Ramaphosa played an importan role during the straggle in this country and he needs too to be awarded or thanked, he also has a vast leadership which is good to lead this country as a businessman too, and a legal dog.

      michael.bushes.7 - 2012-10-14 18:57

      LMAO@ businessman You mean Tenderpreneur?

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-14 19:11

      He has been thanked, he is the 3rd? richest person in SA? or am I mistaken?

  • mabura.bratiger - 2012-10-14 13:34

    A day is too long in Politics Mbaks wl get his chance not now. The reckless statement by Malema claiming he wl be re instated

  • pedrosa.matjeni - 2012-10-14 13:48

    Its human nature for a confuse person to change like camelon,when a comrade doesn't know how to play close cards he will somersault like you Fikile Mbalula,now your drums have change tones,their beatings can be heard by someone in Inkandla,as you are said to have locked horns with Zuma.Are you becoming an enemy of change?Do not be a coward!There is life beyond Mangaung.Do not betray and sell the nation to the highest bidder.

  • julias.ramohlabi.9 - 2012-10-14 15:12

    As ordinary south african i think we need to reflect on the current situation that anc is facing one i dont agree with the people who said anc support is deteriorating under jz leadership its myth anc started to loose western cape under president mbeki da won meatvall region under president mbeki anc lost two tird majority under president mbeki the reason why i m raising this facts is because this comrades who are accusing jz of bad leadership they are bitter of the fact that they thought jz is corrupt as puported in media so they thought they gonna do as the pleased how do you justify for the person who is never had formal imployment but is owing sars more than 16 million you go to gauteng provincial leadership accused jz of not been educated but they never recieved clean audits who is fooling who i met several farmers who are benefiting from zuma administration due to recap programme which has disbursed millions of rands for our people so please guys come into your senses and tells us the truth not lies you go to eastern cape you will regret man that rural is shame now zuma is addressing the plight in the rural areas articulated in 2007 manifesto they blamed him why i think this guys they must do good thin to support jz

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-14 18:52

      Caw said the Crow !! Rather write in your home Language than this non puntuated codswallop.

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2012-10-14 19:11

      Where is Meatvall?

      Johann Enslin - 2012-10-14 19:53

      A full stop (or two), perhaps a comma (or two) and a paragraph (or two), might make you writing easier to read.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-10-14 23:19

      Limpopo or Eastern Cape Education? Definitely More to come.

      nathi.kunene.73 - 2012-10-15 12:51

      In support of Julia - Reality says that South Africans have a choice between the two - Zuma or Motlanthe. To me Motlanthe has a potential of bringing back Juju, my vote goes to Msholozi - after considering his other flaws. Julias - don't worry about those commenting about your grammar rather than the content, you will improve. At least you didn't write in your home language and lost many of us!

      khwibi.s.aphane - 2012-10-22 18:03

      What ppl dont realise is the dangerous calculated silence in Motlanthe. He is playing his cards very carefully and will suprise most of u. he will be dissing those that u and I think are his allys. His focus is on uniting rather than deviding and this will pan out at the right time.

  • Johann Enslin - 2012-10-14 19:06

    Eish, they screwed brother comrade...no friends, no enemies, no responsibility. What did you expect comrade? Hahaha

      SharonE - 2012-10-14 22:11

      He can sing a little song: Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, Guess I'll go eat worms, Long, thin, slimy ones; Short, fat, juicy ones, Itsy, bitsy, fuzzy wuzzy worms. Down goes the first one, down goes the second one, Oh how they wiggle and squirm. Up comes the first one, up comes the second one, Oh how they wiggle and squirm.

  • Nazeem Meyson - 2012-10-14 19:17

    ek is van die kaap en dit is hoe ons mense dink want ons word ook maar vir 'n gat gevat van di wittes hier in die kaap

      Citroes - 2012-10-14 19:49

      As jy dit so haat, hoekom trek jy nie?

      keaobaka.mokae - 2012-10-15 14:28

      Dis daai "Uncle Tom" mentality my broer! Maak'ie saak hoe Uncle Tom vir jou vir n gat vat nie jy bly maar n guaranteed stemmer vir Uncle Tom. Uncle Tom kan jou nou skop jy gaan dieselfde Uncle Tom skoen wat jou net n rukkie gelede geskop het lek en smeek. My broer jy's erger as die loyaalste hond! Ek kry nie vir jou jamer my broer, ek het geen simpatie vir jou my broer geen. Moenie trek nie my broer. Bly maar daar waar jy, soos die res van ons, alles wat jy kry verdien.

  • gift.moyo.52 - 2012-10-14 19:32

    Uhm, eh.... seems like being loud and rowdy does not equate to numbers/ delegates. Then again, maybe they are not enough young card carrying members to push the generational mix agenda as it seems Mbalula is the only relatively young nominee. If JZ carries the day at Mangaung, they will be a bloodbath of "upstarts". Mbalula better hope Juju and Floyd can provide proof that they paid their own bill at the olympics or he will fall on the rapier, javelin or the nearest sharp sporting object!

  • Sam Samples Nongwe - 2012-10-14 19:33

    am so wish for the return of comrade malema

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-14 19:40

    Thats what happens when you like power and listening to rumours.

  • Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2012-10-14 20:00

    Fikile Mbalula he is predictable and playful,he must not play his cards naked. Lmao I like politics.

  • jaybee.reeds - 2012-10-14 20:01

    The is no smoke without fire;My advice to Mbaks is your time is coming;The problem in this country is the British system that was imposed on to all African continent, Together we need to break this sytem then we will see the true liberation; they designed this systems to frustrate the black child, and now people are thinking through their stomachs not their heads; DA IS TARGETING THE POOR BLACK CHILD AND THEY ARE THE FORCE BEHIND FRUSTRATING THE BLACK CHILD TO LOOK AS IF THE ANC HAS DONE NOTHING; THIS SYSTEM IS DESIGN TO CORRUCPT YTHE BLACK CHILD; MBAKS I KNOW YOU UNDERSTAND THE DYNAMICS OF THIS AND YOU ARE NOT A FOOL; THIS IS YOUR CAREER AND YOU BETTER USE YOUR WISDOM NOW; FACTIONALISM WILL NOT HELP ANYONE AND NOW PEOPLE ARE SAYING JZ MUST BE REMOVED FOR WHAT BECAUSE HE HAS DISMANTLE THE SYTEM THAT WAS CREATED TO AMASS BILLIONS AND WE KNOW THIS PEOPLE AND NATURE WILL DEAL WITH THEM HARSHLEY; IF YOU LOVE THE ANC AS A PARTY AND A MOVEMENT CONTINUITY AND WE ARE TIRED OF HEADS OF DEPARTMENT WHO ARE COMING IN AND OUT WITHOUT GETTING ENOUGH TIME TO DELIVER; BOOK MAKERS ARE OUR ENEMIES; ANC OR THE BLACK CHILD IS AT WAR WITH THAT SYTEM MEDIA; OUR JOURNO ARE BEING TAUGHT ABOUT THE SYTEM TO FRUSTRATE THE BLACK CHILD; THE MARIKANA ISSUE WAS CAUSED BY THIS SYTEM THAT IS MEANT TO FRUSTRATE; BLACK CHILD COME OUT SOON THE BLACK CHILD WILL ARISE; CORRUPTION IS A SYSTEM THAT BEFELL AND COVERED THE BLACK CHILD; SERVICE; MBAKS YOU AND DAVID MAKHURA HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE TO LEAD THE ANC;

      dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-10-14 20:20

      What a whole lot of ..... I don't know what, I stopped reading when he said "black child".

      jennifer.d.martin.750 - 2012-10-15 11:54

      The Black child is dying because of ANC GREED.

      bonge.mpofu - 2012-10-15 14:19

      who do you think will read the caps lock? don't you know what capital letters are used for?

  • andries.greeff.1 - 2012-10-14 20:10

    He does a good job as sports minister. Let him stay there.

      da.durbanite - 2012-10-14 21:43

      No Andries Zuma must shuffle him (lol)...he's a pal of the fat one

  • thabani.dube.988 - 2012-10-14 20:20

    Take note comrades, anything you touch scribbled the name of Julius on it immediately turns to dust or develops maggots.

  • edgar.mooi - 2012-10-14 20:26

    Mbalula you must start showing leadership skill in sports is most of trophies, medals that are win by others and you stand as hero safrica minister of sports bt some other post hv lot of challenges that u must show growth, matured good attitude then no one cn let a good man down. Forget about friends and think being a leader who must treat black an white the same . As for mothlante the issue you write on your book makes me worry ,confuse to think of u as a country frontman ,, you talk as if the nec decision to expel malema was wrong so you dont promote discipline .. Remember we value ideas upon decision to make discipline .

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-10-14 21:00

    Lesson for fikile'beyonce knowles' Mbalula shud learn to choose ur friends wisely.. Hangin round aint gonna take u far baba...

  • Benigna Skosana - 2012-10-14 21:18

    Sam: am so wish for the return of comrade malema! kwakwakwa!!!! ay sam from what u wrote i see u 1 of malema's fans, i feel sorry for u, just for thinking malema will return. lol!!!

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-14 21:18

    every time when i hear about the guys like mbalula losing popularity i alwys say GOOD START.And one day no matter when we will have some new enegetic leaders not thise baack minded ones.

  • edgar.mooi - 2012-10-14 23:21

    We need the next mandelas, mbeki, zumas to run the country bt u new politician doesn't seem like u a de wt good ideas to run the country. Now is nt time to fight is time to implement good ideas that will nt take us back but forward. Is very pity for anc to see that the up coming guys lack leadership yet they say leadership change. Mbalula if u hv nt been choose u hv urself to blame ur antsas during malema s visit was far weaker dn wt we expect from minister of the country , u still talk like just an ordinary person no responsibility. Blame urself on your way out...

  • Prince Bird - 2012-10-15 00:13

    Edgar u need zuma,not we. I don't need Zuma and i guess masses of SA citizens doesn't. ANC will fall as long as they hide corruption done by their favorites. Soon or later they will be exposed.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-15 08:42

    !st he shouted support for Malema, then he went into denial and now he is sort of out in the cold. But Minister look on the bright side, I am sure your 5 star trip to the olympics more than makes up for your dissappointment. Try next time to watch who you rub shoulders with.

  • alf.pop - 2012-10-15 08:55

    That's waht happens when you back "Walking Eagle" Julius Malema and "finance" his stay in the UK with tax payers' money!

  • jennifer.d.martin.750 - 2012-10-15 11:50

    Mpele Rampele for President She would do a brilliant job She is not consumed with greed as these men clearly are.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-10-28 21:51

    Black piglets flying and SWARMING across SA Skys in this the 2nd coming. and the prophets did warn about 2012

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