The message is being circulated by the Ramaphosa faction to stop the “devious” plan by the other faction in a highly divided ANC.
A message doing the rounds on the social network claims that ANC national secretary Ace Magashule wants to be President and the NDZ camp was working for him to be nominated.
It says the faction wants to remove President Cyril Ramaphosa and get the controversial Free State strongman as leader of the country.
It’s unclear where this puts deputy president DD Mabuza who is also believed to be having an interest in the same seat.
The message is being circulated on WhatsApp groups and it says “reliable sources” within the ANC say the NDZ faction “is working hard on the ground to depose Cyril Ramaphosa after the elections by nominating Ace Magashula for president”.
“At the forefront of this devious scheme are all those who have been implicated in corruption through the various commissions currently underway,” reads the message.
“Spread the message and expose them,” said the message, which the 013NEWS reporter found on an SACP WhatsApp group.
The SACP and Cosatu are some of Ramaphosa’s staunchest supporters and had made sure he emerged as ANC President on 18 December 2017, narrowly defeating Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in that hotly contested 54th national conference in Nasrec.
A month ago, EFF leader Julius Malema told journalists that Ramaphosa’s opponents want to use the June 2020 national general council (NGC) to get rid of the wealthy SA politician.
“They are scared of the very serious prospect for jail time if Cyril Ramaphosa remains a President. This threat has been echoed by Julius Malema and it is real,” the message reads.
The top 6 of the ANC is believed to be divided into 3 groups – chairman Gwede Mantashe is allegedly with Ramaphosa, Magashule is with his deputy Jessie Duarte and Mabuza with treasurer Paul Mashatile.
A week ago the division in the ANC went public when Magashule said it was “nonsense” of campaign head Fikile Mbalula to say the ANC would have got around 40% if Ramaphosa was not its leader.
The ANC got 57.5% during the 8 May 2019 general elections, a decline from the 62% it received in 2014 while President Jacob Zuma led it.
“That’s what I said, I didn’t say Cyril led the campaign alone. He was not responding to Mbalula, he was responding to the figment of his imagination, not me. He thought that I said Ramaphosa alone led the campaign, I didn’t say that, I said he was a game changer because he was an important piece of the campaign,” Mbalula said after Magashule had said that the ANC does not work on individualism. Therefore, the suggestion that Ramaphosa helped the ANC is “nonsense”.
“Imagine if I were to say as Ace Magashule I campaigned for the ANC, what is that to the ANC? The ANC doesn’t work like that.
The court is also asked to stop the Mpumalanga branches from nominating candidates who must serve in the Mpumalanga legislature ahead of next year’s general elections.
A group of disgruntled ANC members is taking the ANC to court in order to have the Mpumalanga PEC dissolved.
In court papers, the group led by Caiphus Malomane says they want the Mpumalanga branches to not hold any BGMs and nominate candidates to legislature and Parliament until the issue of “normalising” branches has been resolved.
It is the so-called “bogus branches” issue.
The group had a meeting with the NEC as well as the Mpumalanga provincial working committee on 22 September 2018 and spoke about various issues, including the branch issues, and were now asking the court to stop branches from going ahead with BGMs until a report on the issue has been received.
They also want the Mpumalanga PEC dissolved and a provincial task team established.
The Mpumalanga high court is expected to hear the matter on 12 October 2018 and amongst the issues they bring before the court the group wants –
1.) All decisions and resolutions taken during the 2015 provincial congress that elected DD Mabuza as chairman for a third term be declared null and void.
2.) National secretary Ace Magashule to appoint an interim structure.
3.) That the establishment of the Bohlabela ANC region declared null and void.
The ANC in the Mpumalanga province has promised they will as well visit the other provinces to continue with their campaign for unity.
The ANC has described its Mpumalanga general council as “unique” and “a resounding success” after leaders from four provinces pitched up to speak unity.
North West chairman Supra Mahumapelo, Free State’s Ace Magashule, Gauteng’s Paul Mashatile and KZN’s Willies Mchunu attended the PGC at the Mbombela stadium on Saturday.
All the leaders agreed that there should not be a “winner takes all” when the the ANC convenes a 54th congress and they all agreed that there will have to be “a collective of officials that is uncontested”, and that delegates across the country will have to agree amongst themselves on the officials.
ANCWL deputy president Serofa Ntombela as well as MKMVA deputy president Tailor Ntsimbini and the ANCYL’s Desmond Moela also spoke at this special provincial general council – with the SACP, COSATU and SANCO giving messages of support.
Close to 8 000 members attended the political gathering at a tent erected next to the Mbombela stadium.
Spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini said the PGC giving Mashatile, Magashule, Mahumapelo and Willies Mchunu the platform to speak follows a resolution they took months ago “to perform all that is humanly possible to unite the ANC”.
“This unique PGC sat as a result of the visionary leadership of the provincial executive committee, as led by Chairperson Comrade DD Mabuza, which has in the recent past taken a resolution to perform all that is humanly possible to unite the ANC and make it a stronger and more efficient tool of liberation in the hands of the oppressed,” she said.
“Speakers urged ANC members and structures to unite our organisation both in speech and deeds,” Manzini said
“It encouraged our members to see the 54th National Conference as a platform to unite the ANC and not see it as an end in itself,” she said.
A list bearing the top 6 officials who ought to be elected when the ANC convenes its 54th national congress has emerged on social networks, placing Premier Mabuza as deputy president and Free State ANC leader Ace Magashule as secretary.
The list has been doing the rounds on social networks since the week began.
It wants former AU chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be the President, deputised by Mabuza, and national deputy secretary Jessie Duarte to retain her post, this time deputising Magashule.
The list also wants NEC member Lindiwe Sisulu to emerge as the chairwoman of the ANC, replacing National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete.
It lists Roy Moodley as the preferred candidate to take over from Zweli Mkhize as the national treasurer of the ANC.
Moodley, a businessman, is with the ANC in Umhlanga, eThekwini.
The ANC national congress in December 2017 may see Dlamini-Zuma and current deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa taking each other head-on for the party’s number one job.
Ramaphosa has the backing of Cosatu and has been endorsed by the ANC in the Northern Cape, while Dlamini-Zuma is backed by ANCWL, ANCYL and the Premier League, which comprises of provincial leaders – Mpumalanga, North West, Free State as well as KZN.
Recently SANCO endorsed Ramaphosa to take over as the president of the ANC.
Two NGOs are heading to the Tshwane High Court to force government to respect the constitutional rights of people with regard to the air pollution being caused by Mpumalanga’s Sasol and Eskom power plants.