Battle line drawn between Mpumalanga ANC, MK Council

The council vows they will make the necessary noise to draw the attention of national leadership.


A war waged by the MK Council in the Mpumalanga province looks set to give the Mpumalanga ANC a very rough time, one that will ensure its leadership is completely changed.

The MK Council say they are not surrendering until fundamental changes have been achieved in the ANC of the province.

They accuse the ANC of “elevating” people who have no capacity to occupy positions of power and of being “corrupt to the core” while at the same time bribing journalists to not expose them”.

Basically the Mpumalanga ANC’s provincial executive committee and their regional committees are seen as groupings that care for their own interests and that have maintained a social distance while abandoning service delivery to their loyal voters.

“This corruption in Mpumalanga needs to be brought to the attention of the nation,” MK Council spokesman Jacques Madipane said when he spoke to the media.

He said this happening because a certain grouping in Mpumalanga has “cloned and compromised the ANC”.

“Our call is that for us to remove this corruption and fix these leaders we have to disband the PEC of the ANC in this province,” he told the SABC.

There has been a growing call for the Mpumalanga ANC PEC to be disbanded.

One faction aligned to chairman hopeful Peter Nyoni is currently taking the ANC to court in order to have the PEC disbanded and its 2015 resolutions done away with.

Weeks ago the outcomes of a planned provincial list conference was criticised as being “abnormal” and not reflecting the views of the branches by the ANCYL in the province and the MK Council.

They accused the “abusive dominant faction” of manipulating the outcomes against the will of branches in order to have the people they want there but acting ANC secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali said all the people who said certain people were removed from the list clearly didn’t understand ANC processes.

“If you received less than 10 branches, nobody removed you. It’s the process that removed you. You didn’t qualify,” said Ntshalintshali, adding they followed all processes as PEC.

“As the Mpumalanga ANC we have complied in terms of all the processes and we have taken the mandate that was given to the PEC and List Committee to the National List Conference and we are respecting our structures,” she said.

The MK Council said their newly launched Cadres Forum will go all the way “to cleanse the ANC and restore it back to the people”.

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Mpumalanga ANC responds to MK Council’s threat over list

They say a planned list conference went the way it was supposed to and those who are suggesting otherwise are not honest.


The Mpumalanga ANC has slammed suggestions that it presided over an “abnormal” list conference which saw certain leaders being allegedly removed from the list, saying the MK Council is a factional grouping of the MKMVA and they will always say such.

In their operation they will always try and portray the leadership as bad because they believe it’s not leadership when they are not there, it said.

The party says all processes were followed and there would not be ways where the votes could have be manipulated in favour of certain people.

Provincial acting secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali responds following threats made by the MK Council a week ago – where they called on national leader Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene and suspend the Mpumalanga list conference because it was rigged or “perverted”.

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The ANCYL in the province has also questioned the outcomes of the list conference, saying such was not the view of the branches.

Ntshalintshali said those who say so “clearly do not understand internal processes” and there was no way the processes could have been rigged in favour of certain leaders aligned to a dominant faction.

“It’s about branches. If branches don’t put your name or the people you want [then] you go all over the place telling people that processes were not followed. You are being unfair,” Ntshalintshali said when she spoke to the 013NEWS reporter over the phone.

She said the conference was run by an election team appointed by Luthuli House.

Ntshalintshali said there were three lists for the list conference – province to province, province to national and national to national and branches were given the opportunity to choose 20 leaders per list.

She said during the nomination process once a leader’s name got nominated by over 10 branches that person would then qualify to be on the ballot paper ahead of a conference.

“If you received less than 10 branches, nobody removed you. It’s the process that removed you. You didn’t qualify,” she said over the phone.

She said that the MK Council is a group of people that broke away from the MKMVA and in the ANC “we don’t have a structure called MK Council. This is a faction”.

She said the person being quoted in media as the council’s provincial executive committee member, Jacques Modipane, cannot even win a branch.

Ntshalintshali said Modipane’s ward in Bushbuckridge is run by the Bushbuckridge Residents Association and if he must speak about provincial issues why is he not sorting out his branch issue.

“He was once a PEC member and an MEC. Imagine his own ward is run by the opposition but he expects to be elected into the list. Even if we can give him an opportunity to run as a ward councillor he won’t win. So you see a person like that,” Ntshalintshali said.

The list conference was held at the Mbombela stadium on 9 December 2018 to elect leaders who should go to the legislature and Parliament.

The MK Council has said that the processes were not followed and were calling on Ramaphosa to suspend the list outcomes, citing that it was marred by manipulation.

The council said that if Ramaphosa didn’t adhere to their call for the suspension of the list conference they would resort to violence and “dead bodies will be picked from the street”.

“Our warning to the president is that, please see this team. We don’t want to collect bodies on the streets, people not able to go to work and schools being disturbed,” Modipane, said.

But Ntshalintshali said as ANC they are not scared of the MK Council.

She said as long as they know that they are in the right, nobody can threaten the movement.

“We are saying that there would not be ways where the processes could have been manipulated. People are just being unfair and calling for unnecessary attention,” she said.

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Mpumalanga MK threatens spilling of blood over list irregularities

The solders complain that processes were not followed.


Mpumalanga’s Umkhonto we Sizwe Council has threatened a violent “mass action” if President Cyril Ramaphosa doesn’t intervene in the alleged irregularities of a recently held ANC provincial list conference.

The threats by the ANC soldiers comes after the ANCYL in the province expressed similar dissatisfaction over what they called “abnormalities” in the outcomes of the conference.

The conference was held on 9 December 2018 at the Mbombela stadium to elect leaders who should go to the legislature and Parliament.

The MK Council believed the outcomes of the conference were rigged and “perverted”.

City Press reports that the MK Council held a press conference Wednesday this week and vowed to turn things bloody if the list conference is not suspended.

One of its provincial leaders, Jacques Modipane, said that the civil society was on the brink of taking matters into its own hands due to the corruption engulfing the Mpumalanga ANC.

“The MK Council has advised the structures in Mpumalanga to hold on fire until all the internal avenues are exhausted and advised civil society and the ANC to assemble a team to see the President Ramaphosa and bring to his attention this imminent disaster looming in Mpumalanga,” Modipane told the national weekly after their Wednesday press briefing.

“We want to say to the president to meet the team before Christmas,” he said.

“Our warning to the president is that, please see this team. We don’t want to collect bodies on the streets, people not able to go to work and schools being disturbed,” he said, adding processes were not followed when conducting the conference.

In their statement this week, the ANCYL on the other hand said the “abnormal” outcomes of the Mpumalanga list conference were not the true reflection of the views of the branches.

“Young, competent and capable leaders were removed from the consolidated list and replaced with old retiring people,” provincial spokesman Bheki Sithole said.

Sithole added the exclusion of the youth in favour of old people was the result of “an abusive dominant faction in the PEC of the ANC in our province”.

“The ANC in Mpumalanga undermines the youth,” Sithole cried.

“It is a tendency that undermines not only the youth but the branches of the ANC as well. It’s a gross misconduct at worst, a tendency very foreign to the values of the National Liberation Movement,” he said.

Since DD Mabuza left Mpumalanga after his election as deputy president in Nasrec last year the fight for the control of the ANC has intensified – with his aligned faction doing all it can to cling to power.

As a consequence the province has failed to convene a provincial general council to elect Mabuza’s replacement as provincial chairperson, while having another group taking Mabuza’s aligned faction to court, calling for the disbandment of the PEC in favour of a task team that would take the province to a conference.

ANC acting provincial leader Mandla Ndlovu didn’t answer his phone.

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ANCYL cries manipulation of Mpumalanga list conference votes

They believe the outcomes are not a reflection of the views of branches.


The ANCYL in the Mpumalanga province has come out gun blazing against what they term “abnormalities” in the outcomes of a recently held provincial list conference.

Held at the Mbombela stadium on 9 December 2018, the list conference was a process to select leaders who should go serve in the legislature and Parliament after next 2019’s general elections but is now being slammed for its exclusion of young people.

Provincial league spokesman Bheki Sithole said the exclusion of the youth in favour of “old retiring people” was as a consequence of “an abusive dominant faction in the PEC of the ANC in our province”.

“The ANC in Mpumalanga undermines the youth,” Sithole said.

“Young, competent and capable leaders were removed from the consolidated list and replaced with old retiring people,” he said.

This comes amid the NEC’s postponement – to next year – of the national list conference that was scheduled to take place on 21 December 2018.

The ANC leadership said the reason they have decided to postpone the conference is because of the rife allegations of manipulations in the provinces.

Sithole said the outcomes of the Mpumalanga list conference were not a true reflection of the BGMs.

He said the late ANC leader Oliver Tambo once warned that “a nation that does not care about its youth does not have a future and does not deserve one”.

“We however don’t believe that this undermining tendency is a product of ANC branches through their BGMs to nominate competent comrades to represent and implement progressive policies for a better life for all.

“To the contrary, the branches of the ANC have affirmed young leaders to take over the responsibility of being representatives of our people as a whole in legislatures, National Council of Provinces and National Assembly,” Sithole said.

He said as a league they were aware of certain individuals in the PEC of the ANC who “abused their positions to temper with the list that was duly a consequence of branch nominations”.

“It is a tendency that undermines not only the youth but the branches of the ANC as well. It’s a gross misconduct at worst, a tendency very foreign to the values of the National Liberation Movement,” he said.

The outcome saw Premier Refilwe Mtshweni bank the most votes, followed by Pat Ngomane at number 2 and Sasekani Manzini at 3.

Amongst those listed as young people in the top 30 is Manzini, Nompumelelo Hlophe, Gabisile Shabalala, Makhosazana Masilela, Bobo Mtshweni and defected BRA secretary Cleopas Maunye.

“We want to put it categorically clear that those who are referred to as youth in the results hold no membership of the ANCYL because of their age, therefore they do not represent us but themselves,” Sithole said.

“We want to urge the national leadership of the ANCYL as we go to the national list conference to rescue the will of Mpumalanga branches, intervene and correct this abusive abnormalities.

“We further warn the dominant faction in the PEC of the ANC to desist from their foreign tendencies, repent and allow corrective measures to be taken,” he said.

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Sasekani Manzini tops Mpumalanga legislature nominations

She is ahead of Premier Refilwe Mtshweni who has the second highest number of branch nominations.


Mpumalanga ANC spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini has the highest number of branch nominations to go to the 30-seat legislature.

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni is behind her by only two branch votes.

Of the 288 Mpumalanga branches that sat for their BGMs to nominate members who should go fill the seats at the legislature after the 2019’s general elections, Manzini was nominated by 206 with 204 nominating Mtshweni.

The list was released by acting provincial secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali ahead of a provincial list conference scheduled for 7 December 2018 at the Nutting House in Mbombela.

ANCWL provincial chairwoman Busi Shiba has the third largest votes – with 188 branches nominating her to come serve as a legislature member, followed by Nkangala ANC regional leader Speedy Mashilo with 183 and PEC member Pat Ngomane who received 180 branch nominations.

The provincial list has 58 nominees, which includes current legislature members like Vusi Shongwe, David Dube, Bonakele Majuba, Sibusiso Malaza, Gillion Mashego, Fidel Mlombo, Gabisile Shabalala, JJ Skhosana, Thandi Shongwe and Violet Siwela.

Others in the list include ANC contender Peter Nyoni, Lucky Ndinisa, Sarel Mtshweni, Mandla Msibi, Charles Makola as well as Nkangala ANCYL leader Bobo Mtshweni, eHlanzeni ANCYL leader Bheki Lubisi and league deputy president Desmond Moela as well as others like Gert Sibande ANC leader Muzi Chirwa and eHlanzeni’s Jesta Sidel.

In a statement this week, the ANC said that it was pleased by the “tolerance and maturity” displayed during the nomination process.

It said of the 400 branches the province has a total of 341 that were able to pass audits and 288 were able to conduct BGMs.

Anyone who has objections regarding the list should direct them to party provincial headquarters in Mbombela no later than Thursday 6 December 2018, it said.

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