Mpumalanga’s ‘progressive cadres’ affirm support for Cyril Ramaphosa

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Mpumalanga's 'progressive cadres' affirm support for Cyril Ramaphosa
CADRE VS. CADRE: A group calling themselves Mpumalanga's 'progressive cadres say the PEC needs to be disbanded in order to protect the gains made by ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa since his election at Nasrec. PICTURE BY Quartz Africa

They accuse the current ANC PEC in Mpumalanga of being a “weak link” between efforts to renew the ANC and make it a strong leader of our society.


A group going by the name of ‘progressive cadres’ in Mpumalanga said the gains of renewal made since the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as President in Nasrec should be defended by any means necessary as the party approaches its next national conference.

The group said in a statement that they have noticed efforts by some in the ANC aimed at “dislodging” Ramaphosa but this should be “met with revolutionary responses”.

“The progressive forces asserted that the gains of the Nasrec conference must be defended with the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa and his collective being affirmed from time to time,” they said.

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The group’s Charles Makola, a former ANC regional chairperson and deputy provincial chairman, said Ramaphosa’s “renewal project” is being derailed by structures such as the Mpumalanga ANC PEC which has been failing to hold an elective conference since the departure of its former chair David Mabuza in December 2017 to be the deputy president.

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Makola said the PEC’s failure to properly manage party processes is a sign that the election of the PEC members “was motivated by slate politics and vote-buying”.

“In order to intensify the work relating to the renewal project the campaign for the dissolution of the PEC must be intensified,” he said.

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The progressive forces were now seeking ways to intensify the debate on the issue of dissolving the PEC so that Luthuli House is kept informed about the situation in Mpumalanga.

“The progressive forces must also make input into the establishment of an inclusive Provincial Task Team (PTT), to be considered by the NEC as it exercises its discretion for the establishment of a PTT when they should so decide,” they said. 

(edited by MLM)

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