Only a person suitable to lead and chosen by branches will have the blessing of the SACP.


The SACP in the Mpumalanga province is lobbying nobody to take the seat left by now ANC deputy president DD Mabuza.

Anybody who will emerge as the leader of the ANC in the Mpumalanga province will have the blessing of the SACP, provincial communist leader Bonakele Majuba has said.

“We will work with anybody that emerges and who is ready to respect the Alliance,” he said over the phone.

“Whoever emerges for us its fine as long as that person will stick on principles, respect the Alliance, the ANC constitution and that of the country,” Majuba said.

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Majuba is one of the key figures in Mpumalanga who campaigned tirelessly for Cyril Ramaphosa to take over the reigns as the 14th ANC President.

He was contesting Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former AU chairwoman who had the backing of then President Jacob Zuma and of the ANC in KZN, North West, Free State, Mpumalanga as well as the uMkhonto we Sizwe, ANCYL and the ANCWL.

Ramaphosa was supported by Cosatu, SACP as well as the ANC in Western, Northern and Eastern Cape and that in Limpopo and Gauteng.

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“That leader must be ready to respect all of us in the Alliance,” Majuba said on Saturday night.

The Young Communist League in the Gert Sibande region said they don’t care whether Thulasizwe Thomo or Gracious Shabangu emerges as the regional leader of the ANCYL.

“We will work with whoever is elected. Our view is that we want to see a united ANCYL after all these factions. We want a conference that will be peaceful, robust, that will not have old people who will impose their views and divide the youth. Whoever will emerge we will work with,” Gert Sibande YCL leader Ayanda Mashaba said.

Regional Task Team co-ordinator James ‘Castro’ Nkosi said they await national secretary Njabulo Nzuza’s signature on the audit report and afterwards will have a ‘cooling period’ before the date of the regional congress is announced.

“The guidelines say that once the audit report has been signed we must allow a cooling period where those branches that are not happy will lodge disputes,” said Nkosi.

Nkosi will face off Mcebo Zwane for the position of regional secretary and Shabangu, who is in the Zwane slate as chairman, will face off Thomo, the former spokesman of the league in the region.

Their campaign is to replace Trevor Nkosi, the popular and affable regional youth leader who in mid-2016 got elected as the Mpumalanga ANCYL deputy chairman.

(edited by ZK)

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