Disband PEC or we go to court, says Save Mpumalanga ANC

2015-09-15 16:56
Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza

Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza (Adele du Toit)

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Johannesburg - Disgruntled Mpumalanga ANC members might apply for a court interdict to stop the upcoming provincial conference scheduled to take place next month.

The provincial general council, which sat in March, resolved to move the conference forward and to give Premier David Mabuza another shot for third term as ANC provincial chairperson.

However, this provincial general council precipitated the formation of a faction named Save Mpumalanga ANC.

The faction branded the council’s sitting as illegitimate – and therefore its resolutions – because of the manipulation of the party’s internal processes to exclude comrades who were opposed to Mabuza’s third term.

The Save Mpumalanga ANC lobby group announced during a media conference in Mbombela today that they would launch a court challenge should the ANC national executive committee (NEC) ignore its request to disband the provincial executive committee (PEC).

Save Mpumalanga ANC leader, Sipho Monareng, said the group would also form parallel structures in all four regions to campaign for the ANC in the 2016 local government elections because certain comrades were excluded from the existing structures.

“The early conference will be challenged in court. The Mangaung 2012 conference resolution clearly indicates that we should not resolve our problems in court. Courts should be used as a last resort. We’ll use the courts as the last platform available to the current impasse,” said Monareng.

“These [parallel] structures will accommodate all ANC-loving members who have voluntarily joined the ANC and are in good standing. They will restore order and take us to the local government elections,” he added.

Rumours of defecting to EFF

Monareng refuted allegations that the group intended to lobby for an en masse defection to the Economic Freedom Fighters should all its plans fail to have the Mpumalanga PEC dissolved.

Save Mpumalanga ANC, he said, intended to fight its battle within the organisation and had so far collected 5 000 signatures to lobby the NEC to disband the PEC.

The Premier League

Mabuza has so far won his battles to remain in power. He is the convener of the so-called Premier League – a group he leads together with Ace Magashule (Free State premier) and Supra Mahumapelo (North West) – which is emerging as a serious kingmaker in the national ANC conference in 2017.

Mabuza is aiming for a top-six position. The Premier League has clinched the last national youth and women’s leagues conferences because their preferred candidates – former North West local government and human settlements MEC Collen Maine and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini – were elected presidents.

Mabuza’s success in being re-elected Mpumalanga chairperson in October will ensure that he gets the province rallying behind the Premier League’s ambitions.

Dube to challenge Mabuza

Despite denials last month – Monareng said that Mpumalanga ANC deputy chairperson, David Dube, would challenge Mabuza for the chairpersonship.

Dube, provincial secretary Lucky Ndinisa, deputy secretary Violet Siwela and treasurer Andries Gamede told the media that they would not stand for positions in October and disassociated themselves from the Save Mpumalanga ANC group.

“We’ve consulted Dube and he has agreed that he will be available,” Monareng said.
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