Big support for Gigaba

2012-10-21 19:48

Johannesburg - More than 30 ANC branches have nominated Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba for a top six position in the party, it was reported on Sunday.

Some African National Congress members wanted Gigaba to become deputy president if Kgalema Motlanthe challenged President Jacob Zuma for the party's presidency, City Press reported.

Most wanted him to be elected as deputy secretary general at the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung in December, and as secretary general or president at the party's elective conference in 2017.

Zuma will stand for a second term as ANC president in Mangaung, but some have called for change and want Motlanthe for president.

On Friday, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said branches had started holding general meetings to select their delegates at the conference and to nominate candidates for the ANC leadership positions.

Once this was completed, each province would hold a provincial nomination conference to consolidate all branch nominations.

However, a number of ANC provincial executive committees (PEC) and leagues have already made known their nomination preferences.

According to City Press, Gigaba, who is a former ANC Youth League leader, is associated with the Zuma campaign, but also has backing in the Motlanthe camp.

Lobbyists told the newspaper that Gigaba was an ideal candidate for the youth, as Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula's campaign was failing.

Mbalula is an ANCYL favourite to take over the position of secretary general from Mantashe.

The ANCYL has been calling for generational mix within the ANC leadership.

  • gift.moyo.52 - 2012-10-21 21:30

    Prior to the opening of the nominations process, some gents were getting a lot of coverage with the "anyone but Zuma" and the generational mix campaigns calling for open debate on leadership etc. Now these gents have disappeared or the media no longer wants to publish their views? Come on gents, this is the right time to be heard. The ANC is a 100 year old organisation and it looks like the tradition of laying low, pretending to be unambitious still holds. People who never got qouted a lot in the media on leadership are getting nominated.

  • ashley.rhulani - 2012-10-21 21:40

    Is SA running short of gud leaders, just asking...

  • catherine.l.vanzyl - 2012-10-21 21:59

    THULI MANDOSELA HELP start a support group for the PUBLIC PROTECTOR through all media links, lets show we have the PUBLIC PROTECTOR to protect us and put all money FOOL money munches in the eyes. If FOOLS munch our money the PUBLIC PROTECTOR will put you in the eyes and let the law runs it course. Let’s make it really difficult FOR FOOLS to munch our MONEY...SUPPORT THE PUBLIC PROTECTOR...lets ELEVATE THE OFFICE THROUGH OUR VOICES....let give the FOOLS stick, the FOOLS who are giving us a thieving beating. LET STICK IT BACK TO THEM THROUGH THE PUBLIC PROTECT SUPPORT OUR PUBLIC PROTECTOR; let the public protector know we support her and her team! Email/twitter/facebook let the present government hear loud and clear we will NOT stand for this daylight robbery no more…FULL STOP WE don’t have a reliable government we only have a reliable PUBLIC PROTECTOR our new FUTURE government SUPPORT now our new government the PUBLIC PROTECTOR THULI MANDOSELA FOR PRESIDENT…VOTE HER IN AT MANGUANG!!!

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-10-21 22:06

    Politicians sis maan.. So there is this goon who is a Zuma ass-ociate but his backing Motlante talking about a political prostitute... I hope he uses condom bcos of showerman bhaviour with shaiks..guptas God knos who eva

  • lungisani.mtshali - 2012-10-21 22:57

    Khokha nkokheli...

  • lungisani.mtshali - 2012-10-21 22:57

    Khokha nkokheli...

  • Dumsani Ndlovu - 2012-10-22 06:17

    whether people like it or not Gigaba is our(ANC) future president - deal with it

  • kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-22 08:12

    God help us he is a dictatorial bipedal ego, keen to pronounce on subjects on which he has no knowledge. Under his watch the SABC is on the point of collapse, SAA is technically bankrupt, Eskom is struggling to start catching up for the mistakes of 15 years of incompetent management. South African Railways have almost stopped operating other than as a motor transport company and he has no strategy for dealing with that. Competence is not highly rated in the ANC.

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