Zuma calls for unity as ally is elected as Mpumalanga chair

2012-04-07 07:32

Hours after President Jacob Zuma gave the ANC Mpumalanga conference his blessing, his close ally David Mabuza was elected unopposed as provincial chairperson.

Zuma called for unity in an address to delegates at the African National Congress’ Mpumalanga elective conference in Nelspruit.
The SABC reported yesterday that Zuma said this would ensure the survival of the party for another century.

Delegates in the audience were warned to stop chanting slogans against other delegates, and Zuma told them to stop treating one another with enmity.

He also criticised the ANC Youth League for public utterances against party leadership, saying it should prioritise recruitment instead.

Earlier, provincial spokesperson for the party Paul Mbenyane had said the conference had got off to a smooth start.

“There have been no hitches at all, it is going well.”

Registration for the conference was completed on Thursday evening.

“There are more than 1 000 delegates, the most our provincial conference has ever had. This shows that the ANC is growing in the province,” he said.

Zuma delivered a two-hour speech before lunch and Mabuza addressed the delegates in the afternoon.

Mabuza and health MEC Clifford Mkansi were expected to vie for the top party position during the event, but Mkansi, turn down his nomination yesterday.

Mabuza received overwhelming support during the ANC regional conferences, with four regions showing their support for him.
However, there has also been disapproval of him as leader.

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

Mkansi was a former secretary of the Sondelani branch at Thulamahashe, outside Bushbuckridge.

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