He says lobby groups are permitted in the ANC ahead of conferences.
Former Mpumalanga finance MEC Pat Ngomane has said the ANC in Mpumalanga will unite once the much-awaited 13th elective conference is convened.
He said it always happened as part of the ANC’s culture that comrades differed on the people they preferred for leadership positions ahead of congresses but that didn’t mean they were “enemies”.
Ngomane is part of the Ngci lobby group that is supported by deputy president DD Mabuza and which wants him for the post of ANC provincial secretary and Nkangala district municipal speaker Lucky Ndinisa as provincial chairman.
The faction previously supported Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane for the position of chair but is now no longer with her after she asked to be excused from the team for “personal reasons”.
Mtshweni-Tsipane is now running her own camp, called RMT21, which is supported by leaders in her government like safety and security MEC Vusi Shongwe, acting director-general Peter Nyoni, health MEC Sasekani Manzini and corporative governance MEC Busi Shiba who all eye positions in Mtshweni-Tsipane’s RMT21 camp.
“Those that we are contesting the same positions with are not our enemies, they are our comrades and myself I speak to all of them. There is no beef amongst us, we just don’t agree on the leadership preferences,” Ngomane told comrades while campaigning at the Osizweni Combined School in Lesley, Govan Mbeki the past weekend.
Ngomane said the major task awaiting comrades is the unity of the ANC after conference.
He said the current lobby groups in Mpumalanga will “dissolve” once the 13th congress has elected the new leadership and “whoever that will remain a lobby group is a factionalist”.
“The task of the leadership that will be elected will be to unite Mpumalanga so that going to the national conference in 2022 we speak with one voice as a province,” he said.
The gathering was also addressed by David ‘Mdavu’ Nhlabathi, one of Mabuza’s aides in Gert Sibande, and who ripped into those “putting Mabuza’s name in provincial matters.
Nhlabathi dismissed suggestions Mabuza was behind any lobby group and said those who said so simply wanted “popularity” by dragging the national leader’s name into their regional squabbles.
(edited by NNT)
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