The people who hold the power: Mandla Msibi

2012-11-10 11:21

Msibi (36) will go to the ANC national conference in Mangaung carrying his Mpumalanga branch’s mandate: to elect new leadership.

Msibi, a single man who prefers not to talk about his private life, is a chairperson of Ward 2 B branch in Pienaar tribal settlement outside Nelspruit.

The branch wants Kgalema Motlanthe to become the party’s president.

They have also nominated Tokyo Sexwale as deputy president, Thenjiwe Mtintso (chairperson), Thandi Modise (secretary-general), Fikile Mbalula (deputy secretary-general) and Mathews Phosa (treasurer-general).

A politician through and through, Msibi joined the ANC 18 years ago and is serving a second term as a councillor in the Mbombela Municipality.

“I joined the ANC because I wanted to contribute towards liberating our people. This is the only organisation that has policies that can change the lives of the people,” he says.

Msibi is also a communal property association member of Nkosi City, a unique settlement worth about R3.2 billion that’s been mooted for construction on the outskirts of Pienaar.

He’s got a long shopping list for Mangaung. Msibi wants decisive resolutions about rural development, especially land reform and water rights. He’s also keen for firm resolutions about education, early childhood development, health, and the empowerment of women and young people.

“The ANC needs to rise above the occasion to assess itself on these issues and chart a way forward because they’re all central to rural development.”

He says the party must also thrash out issues of organisational development to produce good cadres.

“Branch members should have capacity. We need members that will be able to deal with challenges in their communities and not be bought by money to take certain decisions.”

Msibi is leaving the logistics of travel and accommodation in his party’s hands. 

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