Smuts Ngonyama set to return to ANC

2014-04-06 10:00

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Former national ANC spokesperson and Congress of the People leader Smuts Ngonyama is set to return to the ANC before election day.

Ngonyama, who left the party after the Thabo Mbeki faction was defeated in Polokwane in 2007, does not feature on the Cope parliamentary candidates’ list.

A source in the Eastern Cape told City Press that Ngonyama had decided to join the party and that he would be “unveiled” at the party Siyanqoba rally on the last Sunday before next month’s polls. The rally is traditionally hosted by the ANC to consolidate its support ahead of the polls and as a show of force.

However, Ngonyama told City Press that he was still considering his options, which was why he did not feature on the lists of either the ANC or Cope.

He said he will make his decision known about his future political home before voting.

He confirmed that he had been in talks with ANC people long before Zuma’s recent calls for all those who had left the party to return as it needed their experience.

If Ngonyama returns, he will not be the first one to do so.

Congress of the People’s former secretary-general Charlotte Lobe and former Free State Cope leader Casca Mokitlane are among those who have returned to the ANC in recent times.

Former Cope leaders Leonard Ramatlakane, Juli Kilian and Nic Koornhoof feature in the ANC’s national candidates list. Mbulelo Ncedana, one of Cope’s former Western Cape leaders, reportedly features in the ANC’s Western Cape list.

Zuma has been making calls on those who left the ANC to return.

“We need all their skills and capabilities to be in the ANC so that they can be deployed properly to utilise their talents to help SA develop. I know some of the people who left the ANC. They have skills they can’t use now. They must come back to the ANC,” he said during his recent visit to the Eastern Cape.

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