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Spotlight on ANC battle in Mpumalanga

2012-04-05 14:37

Johannesburg - Mpumalanga will be in the spotlight this weekend when ANC provincial chairperson David Mabuza battles it out with health MEC Clifford Mkansi for the top party position.

The party's provincial elective conference - expected to be hotly contested and whose outcome could influence the leadership battle in Bloemfontein - was scheduled to formally begin at Nelspruit's Mbombela Stadium on Friday.

Provincial spokesperson Paul Mbenyane said on Thursday that it was all systems go.

"I can say that we will start on a positive note tomorrow [Friday] and are expecting an incident-free conference," Mbenyane said.

1 500 voting delegates

President Jacob Zuma was expected to address delegates this weekend.

A total of 1 500 voting delegates would attend, a high turnout for an Mpumalanga conference, as only 800 attended the last one, said Mbenyane.

He said the provincial executive committee did not know who would stand for the province's top job despite reports of a contest between Mabuza and Mkansi.

"We don't know who is standing for the position of chairman or any other position," said Mbenyane. "The race will be open to any person."

Mabuza - reportedly a close ally of Zuma - received overwhelming support during the ANC regional conferences, with four regions showed their support for him.

However, he could face a tough fight as the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu), the ANC Youth League and the SA Communist Party have voiced their disapproval of him as leader.

Those who want Mabuza removed have repeatedly complained about widespread corruption, divisions within the ANC and political infighting.

Mabuza is also accused of failing to deal with numerous political assassinations in the province while he has held office.

Complaints

The nomination process was apparently marred, with complaints of irregularities made by ordinary party members.

Mbenyane said members had lodged disputes over a number of issues, but he could not say what they were or how many had been lodged.

A committee, comprising ANC national executive committee members, had been put in place to deal with any complaints. Some of the disputes have already been dealt with, he said.

"Some were genuine concerns and the committee is dealing with them. When it comes to an elective conference you can't satisfy everybody," Mbenyane said.

It is believed that a win by Mabuza will be an indication of how the province will vote at the ANC's elective conference in December.

His rival Mkansi is a former secretary of the Sondelani branch at Thulamahashe outside Bushbuckridge.

Three provinces - Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - are still to hold elective conferences.

This has to happen before the end of May, as the ANC national executive committee has instructed provinces to hold their conferences before the party's policy conference in June.

Comments
  • Shirley - 2012-04-05 14:57

    Whoever wins it will still be a be a mess! They are all hot air and NO delivery!

      Sboniswa - 2012-04-05 16:30

      and madam got no mess in WC? please "refugees"

      Shirley - 2012-04-05 16:39

      Sboniswa: Sadly most South Africans are becoming refugees in their own country-trying to escape the crooked cops,politicians,officials etc! Who mentioned W.C.????

      Johan - 2012-04-05 17:06

      In today's paper the Deputy Minister for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs apoligised to Pietermaritzburg for service delivery problems. Service delivery is riddled with corruption and non-delivery. For heavens sake Sboniswa get off the word refugee and concentrate on getting the Government to actually deliver what they promise. Ask yourself this - why are people moving to the WC? Answer bad service delivery in their province. Anyway this is off the subject. It is going to be a dirty fight in Mpumalanga and service delivery will suffer as a result.

      Assegai - 2012-04-05 18:22

      The IFP said today that it was shocked to learn the real reasons behind government's push to ensure the controversial Gauteng E-tolling Project succeeds. It is reported today, that the Public Investment Corporation - an investment manager for state institution - has bought R17 Billion in SANRAL bonds. 89% of this investment is made-up of Government Employees Pension Funds. "Finally it is clear why government wants to save this project at all cost, despite it being unfeasible and despite it receiving so much public resistance. These types of cover-ups were prevalent during the apartheid regime, but never could have imagined such a huge cover-up in our post-democratic dispensation., "said Narend Singh, MP, the IFP's spokesperson on Finance and on the E-tolling project. It is now clear that there are huge economic issues at stake. If the E-tolling project fails, Government will not only have to bail-out SANRAIL, but it will also have to bail-out the civil cervants' pension funds as well. "It is clear that Government finds itself between a rock and a very hard place," said Singh. He added, "This matrix that we find ourselves in now is totally untenable since the pensions of ordinary citizens are at stake. Government has misled the public. We believe that this might possibly be one of the biggest post-democratic era scandals to date. I will raise this matter at the next possible opportunity at Parliament, as the taxpayer deserves answers on this matter," concluded Singh.

      Adam - 2012-04-05 18:34

      @ assegai, only the anc could invest 90% of a RETIREMENT FUND in a company with an a3neg S&P rating. I hope they have so much gravy they all drown in it.

      Assegai - 2012-04-05 18:44

      Please guys copy and paste the above post of mine onto your Facebook walls and let us stand as one man against this tolling system. Who actually gives a cr@p who wins in Mpumalanga, it is just another thief in power!

  • Irene - 2012-04-05 16:40

    All pushing and shoving to try and reach the gravy.

  • Nigel - 2012-04-05 17:11

    & they think they can govern, eish what a bunch of morons...they think voters are there to serve them, LOL

  • Adam - 2012-04-05 18:15

    anc = a bitter life for all.

  • Tim - 2012-04-06 16:49

    SWITCH OFF THE STREET LIGHT ON 24 HOURS A DAY!!!! SWITCH OFF THE STREET LIGHT ON 24 HOURS A DAY!!!! SWITCH OFF THE STREET LIGHT ON 24 HOURS A DAY!!!! SWITCH OFF THE STREET LIGHT ON 24 HOURS A DAY!!!! SWITCH OFF THE STREET LIGHT ON 24 HOURS A DAY!!!! SWITCH OFF THE STREET LIGHT ON 24 HOURS A DAY!!!!

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