The people who hold the power: Daniswa Ncanywa

2012-11-10 11:14

Ncanywa’s branch in Wesley, outside the Eastern Cape town of Peddie, took almost 11 hours to decide who it would back for ANC presidency in Mangaung.

When the branch eventually decided, they nominated Kgalema Motlanthe for president and Tokyo Sexwale for deputy president.

Even though the debates about rival candidates soaked up a lot of the time, it was the difficulty in getting the 100 members the rural branch needed to form a quorum that delayed the Mxolisi Sojola (Ward 11) branch meeting.

A lot of the branch’s members have also become apathetic, Ncanywa says, after the 2009 elections. This is because of a disagreement about the councillor elected for their area.

Ncanywa is not prepared to share a lot of personal information about herself. She’s happy to talk about the party though, and the work that’s ahead as she and her fellow delegates go to Mangaung.

Ncanywa, who will represent her branch in Mangaung, says members were asked to motivate in favour of their nominees.

They nominated Motlanthe because he had worked with both Thabo Mbeki and Zuma, and knows their weaknesses, she explains.

“Kgalema Motlanthe is without blemish. They said they didn’t want Zuma because of Marikana, the building of a town in Nkandla which will be like our own Bhisho and the fact that his son (nephew) has shares in the mines,” she says. 

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