He said they will always support Mabuza on national affairs…
Nkangala ANC leader Speedy Mashilo has justified their rebelling against deputy president DD Mabuza’s choice of a successor in Mpumalanga, saying when they do so they are actually not contesting him but positions of the ANC.
Mashilo said as a region they wished to make “a clarity” on the issue of the deputy president as well as that of his ‘favoured candidate’ Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane…
He said if Mabuza had a view he would have called all of them and revealed such a view “not what we are hearing from people that Comrade DD wants Comrade Refilwe and that we should follow that. No. That’s not his conference, it’s for ANC branches”, Mashilo said.
“Anyone has a right to elect or to be elected in a conference of the ANC. Nobody must come here and tell us that Comrade DD wants this candidate and not that candidate,” said Mashilo while addressing thousands of ANC supporters at the Ackerville stadium Saturday midday 22 February 2020.
Mashilo said they will always support Mabuza on national affairs, and Mtshweni-Tsipane as Premier of the province – and that they are not “confused” as a region.
He said Mtshweni-Tsipane comes from the Nkangala region and not supporting her to be the ANC provincial chairperson doesn’t mean they don’t support her as Premier.
“Those who tell us about two-centres of power are confused because we all know that the ANC is the only centre of power,” said Mashilo, adding he will lead a united region to the provincial conference to vote for acting chairman Mandla Ndlovu as chair, Gert Sibande ANC leader Muzi Chirwa as secretary, acting secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali to retain her post of deputy secretary while cooperative governance MEC Mandla Msibi emerges their treasurer.
Mashilo is mentioned as deputy chairman in the slate…
Mashilo said when they go to national conference they are going to be with Mabuza, “he will sit with us as his comrades from his province”.
“As a region we will support our delegates and candidates,” he said.
Nkangala ANC secretary Leah Khoza also addressed the Ackerville event and said as women they will support the slate – despite it having only one woman.
“We will vote for these candidates because we want to return the integrity of the ANC and to make sure that the ANC in Mpumalanga comes back alive because the status quo shall no longer remain,” Khoza said.
Khoza, who refuses to support Tsipane because she says she is a “parachuted” candidate, warned however that this will be the last time that they support a slate dominated by men.
“It ends after this conference, come next conference the ANCWL will determine the terms of that conference where we will want to see women in leadership because as women we have got capacity in our ranks,” she said.
The party guidelines want 50% of the delegates at the 13th elective conference to be women.
(edited by ZK)
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