The group is rallying behind the Ntshalintshali bloc and this week began sending out posters on social networks, saying they are declaring the time to renew the ANC to be now.
A new lobby group calling for the ‘independence’ of the ANC Mpumalanga from the influence of deputy president DD Mabuza is pushing for acting chairman Mandla Ndlovu to take over the top job.
The grouping is opposed to Mabuza’s favoured candidate Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane to take over as Mabuza’s successor when an elective congress is held atleast in December 2019, instead they see Ndlovu as fit for the job.
The latest twist in Mpumalanga politics comes hot on the heels of yet another grouping – in Mabuza’s circles – that last week poured out the names of their favoured candidates ahead of the much anticipated congress, and in which Tsipane is being pushed to come contest Ndlovu for the provincial hot seat.
The Ndlovu lobbyists who want Tsipane’s fiercest rival acting secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali to retain her post as deputy secretary say their campaign is “independence, renewal and restoration”.
They want Gert Sibande ANC leader Muzi Chirwa as the provincial secretary and Nkangala chair Speedy Mashilo as deputy chairperson, with Mandla Msibi being punted as treasurer.
Tsipane, PEC member Pat Ngomane, Ermelo strongman Sibusiso ‘The Great’ Sgudla, party spin doctor Sasekani Manzini and suspended eHlanzeni controversial leader Ngrai Ngwenya are seen as Mabuza’s most trusted allies while jostling continues and he continues to shuffle his cards.
Leaders say they do not talk about being mentioned in slates as branches “have more say”. Last week Ngomane said if branches want him as secretary in Tsipane’s slate he will definitely “avail myself”.
One of the key lobbyists from an ANCYL structure in the JS Moroka sub-region said they will support Ntshalintshali and Mashilo for the positions of deputy secretary and chair “and other positions will be discussed as we move forward”.
Gert Sibande ANC spokesman Sabelo Sikhakhane said his region will have an RGC on 23 November 2019 to fill the vacant position of regional secretary that was left when Audrey Maleka got elected to Parliament’s council of provinces in May this year.
Sikhakhane said while the region prepares for the regional general council they were calling for a spirit of “working together” amongst comrades and “tolerance for each other and allow democracy to prevail”.
“ANC members should enjoy freedom in the ANC. There should be no intimidations and insults. Lobbying should not turn into character assassination of other comrades.
“The REC requests ANC members to uphold discipline, respect the constitution and also agreed that this time around Gert Sibande region must elect many PEC members to represent the region and avoid what happened during List Conference which left the region bleeding with only three (3) members in the Legislature, and two in the NCOP and two MPs and that was a painful lesson, it must not repeat itself. Lets close ranks and be united,” said Sikhakhane in a statement.
He said his region hasn’t yet taken a view on the upcoming Mpumalanga congress as they are still waiting for the audit outcomes from national secretary Ace Magashule, then branches will go ahead and conduct BGMs, “from there the branches will pronounce”.
(edited by ZK)
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