The provincial general council is supposed to be a stage where the previously silent ‘king-maker’ province will break its silence.
A provincial general council (PGC) by the Mpumalanga ANC is expected to give Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma the thumbs-up to go lead the ANC as its first female president.
The party in the province confirmed on Friday that preparations are afoot for the meeting – but says is not a PGC but a provincial consultative conference (PCC) and will take place Friday next week.
The purpose is to consolidate the nominations that took place during the recent BGMs.
Here, the province will take a position on the candidates who received most nominations during the branch nomination meetings.
It will be addressed by provincial leader DD Mabuza and then onwards the battlefield between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma will be declared.
Sources say Mpumalanga will back Dlamini-Zuma, whose slate features Mabuza as deputy president.
A week ago, Mpumalanga – a province previously thought to be not supporting Dlamini-Zuma – demonstrated to the country how prepared they are now to back her, hosting her during a rally organised by ANCWL in KwaMhlanga.
Mandla Ndlovu, the ANC secretary in Mpumalanga, said they don’t talk about which position they will take before the meeting sits.
“It will be a meeting to consolidate nominations,” he said.
During BGMs, regional leaders were apparently instructed by Mabuza to influence branches to not put anybody’s name on the nomination forms in favour of unity.
But now this has been exposed to have had been a ruse by the NDZ faction to block the CR one from getting nominations in the branches.
(edited by ZK)
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