Mangaung: It’s ANCYL versus the rest in Mpumalanga

2012-10-09 10:55

The ANC Youth League in Mpumalanga is the odd one out in the province, with the ANC provincial executive committee (PEC), the women’s league and tripartite alliance partners supporting President Jacob Zuma’s re-election in Mangaung.

The PEC has released its list of preferred candidates for the national ANC’s top six positions.

They are Zuma (president), Cyril Ramaphosa (deputy president), Baleka Mbethe (chairperson), Gwede Mantashe (secretary-general), Jesse Duarte (deputy-secretary) and Zweli Mkhize (treasurer-general).

The SACP and Cosatu said they agreed with the ANC PEC, while the provincial ANC Women’s League was expected to pronounce its support for the same candidates during a media conference in Nelspruit today.

But the Youth League wants Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to replace Zuma.

Provincial ANCYL chairperson Kgotso Motloung said the league was not worried because the list was not yet a decision of the ANC branches.

“The most important people are the branches, not the PEC. Also, more important, is the art of lobbying. We just hope they won’t force branches to nominate certain candidates or do irregularities as they did with the provincial conference,” Motloung said.

Mpumalanga will send 467 voting candidates to Mangaung. The programme of branch nominations will start on October 7.

Provincial ANC secretary Lucky Ndinisa said: “The PEC in its task of providing political guidance to branches has resolved to nominate a leadership collective that firstly satisfies the character of the ANC, understands ANC policy and is able to apply it under all conditions.”

Mpumalanga SACP secretary Bonakele Majuba and his Cosatu counterpart, Fidel Mlombo, said they supported the ANC PEC.

“We’ve been saying for a long time that let’s give this Polokwane leadership a chance,” Majuba said.

Mlombo, however, said that Cosatu had so far only agreed on Zuma and Mantashe to retain their positions.

“Cosatu has not yet had an opportunity to discuss the other comrades such as Ramaphosa. This is a matter we will discuss at the national level next week,” he said.

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