Peter: Rushing to Mpumalanga conference premature now 

Peter: Rushing to Mpumalanga conference premature now
PRUDENT: ANC senior member Peter Nyoni has cautioned against haste in convening the Mpumalanga provincial congress. PICTURE BY 013NEWS/MLM

A date for finalisation of processes for Mpumalanga’s 13th congress is said to be January 2020.

Senior Mpumalanga ANC member Peter Nyoni has said that the hype about an upcoming conference to elect deputy president DD Mabuza’s successor in the province “is premature now” as the province still needs to undergo certain processes “before that is announced”.

Nyoni said comrades can’t just go to conference “for the sake of doing so” while certain challenges that the party finds itself in were not solved.

He spoke to 013NEWS Wednesday night this week and said a battle setting the scene to be the most hotly contested congress ever is “premature” given that the province is still to conduct regional congresses. 

“We are all dictated by the state of readiness of all the ANC processes,” he said. 

“This time we want to ensure that we are thorough in terms of processes and we don’t want to just go to conference for the sake of doing so, there are many issues that the ANC should solve that people raise and we can’t today just say people should vote for certain individuals in the party. No, if we are saying [that] then we are not doing good to the ANC,” Nyoni said when he spoke to us over the phone . 

He said the ANC is currently “detached” from the people who loyally vote for it and “such challenges needed to be solved first before you can even tell people about a congress”.

“There are a lot of things that we owe explanation to our people. Remember we run a public organisation and each and every thing we do should be explained to the people who actually run the organisation, the membership,” said Nyoni.

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Regional leaders are currently mum on issues of preparations while they have their work cut out in the struggle to fix the Bohlabela-eHlanzeni disbandment issue following the suspension of popular leader in that region Ngrai Ngwenya. 

The two regions were disbanded on 17 July 2019 during a sitting of branch secretaries and chairpersons at the Nutting House Lodge in line with government demarcation and the ANC constitution.

Nyoni speaks as tensions between the factions in the province continue to boil over ahead of the party’s 13th provincial congress, with the physical assault and the continued threatening with violence of acting provincial secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali by a Nkomazi bloc aligned to Ngwenya, an ally of Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane.

Peter: Rushing to Mpumalanga conference premature now
Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane whose faction in the Mpumalanga province works the ground to have her elected the leader of the ANC Mpumalanga while her rival Lindiwe Ntshalintshali is also said to be on the same mission

Mpumalanga is given until January 2020 to conclude all processes, including convening regional congresses, this paper has learnt. 

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This includes the processes of recruitment, renewal and audits – after which the party “can begin talking about internal elections”.

Gert Sibande ANC spokesman Sabelo Sikhakhane didn’t answer his phone. 

Nkangala spokesman Sello Matshoga said the ANC in the region is ready for the provincial conference and won’t have to go to a regional conference.

He said they will only have a regional conference next year June or July. 

“We are going to the provincial conference and then after that we will have the regional congress. Now, we will convene an RGC in September 2019 I think to discuss the 13th provincial conference and take a view,” said Matshoga.

(edited by ZK) 

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