David Dube: Gate-keeping gives birth to factions

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David Dube: Gate-keeping gives birth to factions
WANTS RENEWAL: Mabuza's former deputy and colloquial namesake "DD" Dube says his ambition to lead the ANC is from a good place. PICTURE BY Lowvelder

He said his immediate task once elected is genuine unity of the ANC.


Former ANC provincial deputy chairman David Dube is definitely contesting the vacant post that was left when David Mabuza got elected the deputy president in Nasrec on 18 December 2017.

He told Daily Sun this week that when he takes over the post his immediate mission will be to get rid of the factionalism and disunity that had come to define the Mpumalanga ANC.

The province will hold the much-awaited elective congress in May 2021. The race currently has five contestants – deputy tourism minister Fish Mahlalela, Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane, acting ANC chairman Mandla Ndlovu, Nkangala district municipal speaker Lucky Ndinisa and Dube himself.

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Dube’s camp has a “mini manifesto” – conducted after they consulted with people and heard their cries the past couple of years.

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“The manifesto speaks to the need of the people. Our motto says it can never be for the people without the people,” Dube is quoted saying.

Dube and 14 others, which include NEC member Bongani Bongo, are charged at the Mbombela Magistrates Court concerning a matter of two land deals that were entered into by the Mpumalanga human settlements department in 2010 when Dube was the department’s HOD.

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They were arrested in October 2020 and Dube is charged with 4 counts of money laundering and 1 of contravening the public finance management public act.

Their case is coming back to court in May 2021.

“We’ll try to eradicate gate-keeping and factionalism. That’s the most dangerous area that created factions and disunity,” he said.

(edited by ZK)

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