Nkangala succession debate now open

Nkangala region completes branch audits
African National Congress.

The go-ahead to nominate preferred leaders has been given.

The ANC in the Nkangala region has been given a green-light to make pronunciation on leaders they wish to see leading the region for the next 3 years, a spokesman has said.

Sello Matshoga told 013NEWS on Thursday (6 Apr) that branches can now begin nominations.

Earlier, Matshoga said preliminary results indicated they had passed over 70% of branch audits and were just waiting for national secretary Gwede Mantashe “to attach his signature on the report”.

“Now we have been given a go-ahead,” Matshoga said on Thursday mid-day.

“Branches will have to convene BGMs and nominate preferred candidates,” he said, adding this will begin on Sunday (9 Apr).

Current chairman Speedy Mashilo wants a third term as leader of the region on a campaign called ‘maintaining the status-quo’ while another faction opposed to Mashilo’s bid for a third term wants JS Moroka municipality mayor Gijimani Skhosana to emerge as the new chairman of the region on a campaign called ‘re-energising and radicalising the ANC’.

Mashilo who is backed by the ANCYL in that region to emerge as chairman for a third time is believed to have the backing of provincial chairman David Mabuza who wants to arrive in the ANC’s national elective congress in December this year with a united province for his contestation of a top six position.

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Other names such as that of Omar Mndebele and Sarel Mtsweni have been suggested for the position of regional secretary on a slate that wants Mashilo to emerge as chairman.

Skhosana who is gaining popularity in the 11th hour is seen as having the backing of the SACP and other ANC members who believe Mabuza’s call for unity is biased.

(edited by ZK)

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