“We can’t behave like children,” says Refilwe Tsipane as she wishes Mandla Ndlovu a happy 51st birthday

UNITY: ANC acting provincial chairman Mandla Ndlovu celebrated his 51st birthday on Monday 21 September 2020 with a jovial show of unity between him and Premier Refilwe Mtshweni. PICTURE BY Facebook

She said what is important is the revolutionary mission to take the province forward.

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has dismissed suggestions that she and provincial acting chairman Mandla Ndlovu are fighting, saying she works closely with Ndlovu and she refuses to be seen behaving like a child 

“Me and comrade Mandla are adults and matured,” said the Premier while with Ndlovu at the party’s provincial headquarters Monday 21 September 2020.

Tsipane had come to Ndlovu’s office in order to wish him a happy 51st birthday, raising the eyebrows of her key lobbyists who said she didn’t inform them that she would go meet Ndlovu for his birthday.

“Let us not allow negative energies and negative influence out there to determine our destiny,” Tsipane told Ndlovu.

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Tsipane told Ndlovu that “it is between me and you to decide what are we destined for and lead this organisation forward”.

She said forging unity with Ndlovu is very important, because “together we stand and separate we remain divided”.

“Looking at my age, really I don’t see myself behaving like a child. When I see comrade Mandla I see my brother,” she said.

She added she believes in the unity of all ANC members, to take Mpumalanga forward.

This was the first time Tsipane and Ndlovu were publicly seen together in a jovial mood since their campaigns to fill the post left by deputy president DD Mabuza began more than a year ago.

Tsipane had been seen as Mabuza’s favoured candidate for the position of provincial chairperson while Ndlovu is supported by a grouping opposed to Mabuza’s continued influence in Mpumalanga.

Her supporters were shocked on Monday when a video of her speaking during Ndlovu’s birthday surfaced online.

Some of her key lobbyists said she didn’t inform them that she would visit Ndlovu at his office together with Ndlovu’s supporters to wish him a happy birthday.

Nkangala ANC spokesman Sello Matshoga said there is nothing wrong when Tsipane meets with leaders of an opposing camp, like regional leader Speedy Mashilo because the ANC took a resolution that it would support Tsipane as Premier and work with her in doing the job she is deployed to do.

(edited by MLM)

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