NDZ is said to be in second place as Mpumalanga branch general meetings are underway and about to conclude.
‘Unity’ so far is leading nominations in Mpumalanga BGMs, regional leaders have said.
They say though there are other branches that have put someone’s name on the nomination forms but they are few and therefore the rest had nominated ‘Unity’.
They say Unity is better than destroying the ANC with slate leaders.
Ehlanzeni, Premier David Mabuza’s region, will send the largest delegation to the ANC’s 54th national congress after eThekwini.
Mpumalanga says they will consolidate the nominations during a general council to sit soon and then pronounce a position.
It will send 736 delegates to the ANC’s 54th congress in Gauteng.
Bohlabela regional ANC secretary Follas Sibuyi said Unity was the way in their nomination meetings, saying even the branch of their leader Gillion Mashego in Thaba Chweu nominated Unity a week ago.
“Even my own branch we nominated Unity. Generally, we are saying Unity, all of us,” he said.
Regional leaders oversee the branch nomination meetings and take the nomination forms to higher structures.
This happens once members in attendance have signed it. By signing it, branch members agree on the candidates on the form.
A branch chairman in the ward of Nkangala ANC leader Speedy Mashilo’s ward in Leeufontein, JS Moroka said they had their BGM on 21 October 2017 and after discussions they chose Unity.
“It was after discussions that we resolved to put nobody’s name on the nomination forms for the top 6,” branch chair Steve Aphane said.
A week ago, the branch of Gert Sibande leader Muzi Chirwa also resolved to put nobody’s name on the nomination form, choosing Unity instead.
In eHlanzeni, many branches are said to have nominated Unity as well.
Sources say though there are other branches that had nominated NDZ and CR but they are very few.
NDZ is said to be having the hearts of some branches in Nkangala. In Gert Sibande, they are said to be ditching both slates for Unity.
In Bohlabela, CR is said to be having the hearts of some branches after Unity but officials in the four regions said it was hard to know who is leading who as “these are branch meetings, happening in branches”.
Bohlabela ANCYL secretary Nhlamulo Mayindi said his own branch nominated Unity and was aware of “one or two” that nominated CR in the region.
“It’s Unity one way my brother believe me,” he said.
“A majority is Unity. It’s known. Unity one way, that’s how BGMs go here,” he said.
(edited by ZK)
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