DD is currently busy trying to make sure that the ANC doesn’t fall apart, mobilising resources for its programmes nationally starting from the time he was provincial leader.
ANC provincial treasurer Vusi Shongwe has shot down suggestions of a Mpumalanga ANC that is independent from deputy president DD Mabuza’s influence, saying the province won’t be allowed to disrespect the influential national assistant leader.
Shongwe over the weekend declared support for Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane to become the new ANC provincial chairwoman when an upcoming 13th elective congress is held and said they have confidence in the woman.
He said there is no Mpumalanga ANC that would support DD to be deputy president in Nasrec and then today begin to not respect him. He said a “hardworking” Mabuza doesn’t deserve such mistreatment and as the Mpumalanga ANC “comrade DD remains our father”.
Shongwe addressed scores of Gert Sibande ANC branch leaders who had gathered at the Grasslands conference hall in Ermelo Sunday 19 January 2020.
Singling out and shooting down the NdlovuChirwa campaign that is opposed to Mabuza’s remote-control of the Mpumalanga ANC from Union Buildings in Gauteng, Shongwe said “tendencies of ill-discipline” won’t be allowed in Mpumalanga and the province is firmly behind DD.
He said in 2017 the branches from Mpumalanga’s four regions gathered and agreed unanimously that Mabuza should be ANC deputy president, after he had served as provincial chair for 3 conservative terms.
“That comrade worked tirelessly in making sure that Mpumalanga is respected in the country. When there were programmes of the ANC in any province, comrade DD would mobilise resources so that the ANC could be able to hold a successful January 8 function.
“Even today comrades there is no province that has the resources and capacity in co-ordinating and mobilising for the ANC in the country more than Mpumalanga. That is all his work,” Shongwe said to applause.
Shongwe’s speaking out against “tendencies of ill-discipline” in his own Gert Sibande region and Mpumalanga at large comes while the party prepares for an elective conference that would elect Mabuza’s successor at least by March 2020.
Acting provincial chairman Mandla Ndlovu is believed to be aligned with national secretary Ace Magashule while Tsipane is aligned with Mabuza.
In Gert Sibande, the camp of Tsipane is currently preparing the ground in order to do away with regional chairman Muzi Chirwa’s leadership at an upcoming regional congress… and where Mkhondo mayor Vusi ‘Sgemegeme’ Motha is needed as the regional chair and Chrissiesmeer ANC leader Khulani Nhlabathi as secretary.
The ructions in the region, with its REC now divided into two groups and having only 1 member of the top 5 on Chirwa’s side and the 3 against him, occur between Chirwa and PEC member Sibusiso ‘The Great’ Sgudla, the influential Ermelo man who is Mabuza’s most important lieutenant in Gert Sibande.
The Chirwa bloc hopes to elevate him to be provincial secretary on Ndlovu’s slate – where Lindiwe Ntshalintshali is mentioned as a candidate who must retain her post of deputy secretary and Mashilo to deputise Ndlovu in the post of provincial chairman while co-operative governance MEC Mandla Msibi becomes the treasurer.
While it’s not clear who they want as regional chair in Gert, the Chirwa bloc favours acting secretary Lindi Masina to be the new regional secretary while former ANCYL regional leader Trevor Nkosi becomes her deputy.
Chirwa will at least have to be re-elected as Gert Sibande chair if he is to stand any chance of emerging as provincial secretary later at the 13th elective conference but the support that Sgemegeme is amassing in the region is now threatening to throw Chirwa by the wayside and not even have him at the provincial conference to be held probably in March 2020.
Shongwe said one day last year he met with Chirwa in Ermelo’s district municipal office and in that meeting was a string of PEC members from Gert, which included Busi Shiba, Sgudla and Joshua Nkosi – said he asked Chirwa during that meeting whether he “still believe that comrade DD is the comrade that made you what you are today and are you still supporting him?”.
“And Chirwa answered that he still supports DD but I was surprised when I saw that he was now mentioned in slates of people that are talking a different language about comrade DD. I’m not against preferences or that lobbying but we must all sober up comrades and look at what has gone wrong with us,” Shongwe said to applause.
(edited by ZK)
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