Festive welcome set for Dlamini-Zuma at Western Cape ANCYL bash

2017-09-10 13:48
Jenni Evans, News24

Jenni Evans, News24

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Cape Town - A song composed for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's race to the presidency boomed in Nyanga, Cape Town, where she was due to address the ANCYL's 73rd birthday celebrations on Sunday.

"On your marks, get set, we are ready for Nkosazana," belted out of the sound van as small children distributed pamphlets for the event at the Nyanga terminus over the road.

The former minister of home affairs, health, and international relations upped her local public profile when her term as African Union Commission chair ended.

On Friday it was confirmed that she is about to become a Member of Parliament, after questions in the months before over why she had VIP protection.

Speculation is rife that a Cabinet reshuffle is on the cards to accommodate her return. At Nyanga's Zolani centre on Sunday, the stage was set for royalty with a giant white chair arranged for her.

To the side were two birthday cakes for the league, and boxes of cupcakes from Charley's Bakery in Cape Town with the words "fight" and "learn" piped on them.

The league in the province has endorsed Dlamini-Zuma for presidency of the ANC when it goes to the vote in December. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's hat also in the ring and a Langa branch endorsed former treasurer Mathews Phosa.

On Saturday a statement issued purportedly in the name of 15 members of the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) of the league in the province denied endorsing Dlamini-Zuma.

"We have been misrepresented by our colleagues in PEC particularly the chair, Cde Khalid Mohammed Sayed and the secretary, Cde Andile Mbali."

The 15 claimed the Dlamini-Zuma's endorsement does reflect the majority view of the PEC.

"There is no way that we would support the continuation of corruption and the looting of our state resources," they said.

Western Cape league spokesperson Siyabulela Tom said on Sunday the disgruntled group knows that it is the branches that make the decision, not the PEC.

"They must go back to their branches and discuss it there," he said.

The party has battled divisions since its chairperson Marius Fransman was suspended over a sexual assault allegation by a personal assistant.

It is hoping to rebuild after its poor showing in last August's local government elections.

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