Premier David Mabuza is expected to contest a national position when the ANC convenes its 54th national elective congress in December 2017.
Mpumalanga Safety and Security MEC Pat Ngomane will take over as a leader of the ANC in the Mpumalanga province when David Mabuza goes up to form part of the top 6.
Sources quoted in the media said this plan was done and dusted.
Mabuza, an ally of President Jacob Zuma, has his eyes on the position of deputy president in a slate that wants ex-AU chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini as president when the ANC convenes its 54th national elective congress in December 2017.
It is expected that when Mabuza emerges as the deputy president the ANC in the Mpumalanga province will have a special congress to elect his replacement.
“That is certainly the plan,” one source quoted in Sunday media reports said.
“It’s a done deal as a far as we are concerned,” the source said.
“Of course there will be those who will object but they are in the minority. Mabuza does not work with people he cannot trust. He [Ngomane] knows everything about Mabuza,” said the source.
Ex-ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola is expected to form part of the ANC’s provincial executive committee when Mabuza leaves.
But youth league deputy president Desmond Moela told league members who attended the its radical economic transformation rally, at the Manzana cultural centre in Badplaas in April 2017, that as the ANC Youth League they were planning to debate with the ANCWL on their preferred candidate (Dlamini-Zuma) in favour of Mabuza to emerge as president because they want somebody younger.
He then said: “Then once we get that presidential motorcade to come Barberton we will then see here in Badplaas, via Badplaas, via Baberton, who will replace him,” a statement those in attendance viewed as implying Gert Sibande ANC chairman Muzi Chirwa, who lives in the Badplaas area, would replace DD.
When asked later after the rally, Chirwa dismissed it, suggesting that Moela was just joking.
Ngomane took the reigns as Mpumalanga MEC of safety and security when Mabuza reshuffled his cabinet in September 2016, making Vusi Shongwe, who was MEC for safety and community, MEC for agriculture and land affairs.
On allegations that he is tipped to take over from Mabuza, Ngomane said: “I would never take on a responsibility where there is no consensus from all the regions of the province.
“If my name would cause any divisions in the ANC‚ then I would rather not participate in that process,” he said.
(edited by ZK)
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