Researchers find Ramaphosa is favourite in Mpumalanga

The poll was done by etv and interviewed people in the Mpumalanga province.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is the right leader to take over from outgoing ANC leader Jacob Zuma, according to a published poll.

200 people who vote for the ANC in the province were interviewed by MarkData on behalf of etv and found that a majority of them want Ramaphosa.

MarkData says the survey was conducted between September and October 2017 and Ramaphosa was the choice in Mpumalanga and Western Cape while in KZN Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the favoured choice.

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Close to 70% of those interviewed agreed that the South African President should be jailed when asked by MarkData researchers about his relationship with the Gupta family, while 10% said No he should not.

The survey follows rumours that the Mpumalanga province will back Dlamini-Zuma in order for their own, DD Mabuza, to be the deputy.

This also comes after the Mpumalanga ANCWL a week ago pronounced Dlamini-Zuma as their favourite candidate for the ANC presidency, deputised by DD and Ace Magashule as secretary and Jessie Duarte as Magashule’s deputy.

The league also pronounced Nathi Mthethwa as their favoured candidate for the position of chairperson and Maite Nkoane-Mashabane as the treasurer.

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(With eNCA, by 013NEWS)

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‘40% means 10 of 25 ANC REC members are young’

The battle to insert young people in the ANC is on.

The 40% that is widely talked about means a lot of things. Among others it also means that the ANC in the Mpumalanga regions must elect 10 young people to form part of the 25-member ANC regional executive committee.

This is called ‘40% inclusion of young people’.

The league in the Gert Sibande region is the one that first led the charge, telling regional mother-body leaders that 40% of 25 is 10.

Regional spokesman Thulasizwe Thomo said they want “10 politically matured current and former ANCYL members to be included as ANC REC members”.

But the league in the Nkangala region seems to be having a different view on the issue of having ten young people in the REC.

“Gert Sibande and Nkangala political dynamics aren’t the same,” regional leader Mduduzi Nkosi said.

“We are in a region that’s got a cream of leadership,” he said.

“[The] Main important part of our regional conference is unity and national policy position as a region,” he said, adding that there will be young people in the REC but not a specific number.

“We don’t discuss names but focus on unity and national policy conference then making sure that Mpumalanga is in the top 6 and our preferred comrade is DD Mabuza,” he said.

The league in the Bohlabela region wants provincial leader Tim Mashele to form part of the ANC REC in the region while ex-deputy president Ronald Lamola may emerge as member of the ANC provincial executive committee when leader David Mabuza leaves and a special congress is convened.

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“We are saying the generational mix will prevail,” league spokesman Nhlamulo Mayindi said.

He said Makhosazana Masilela, who they want to return for yet another term as mother-body regional deputy secretary, is a young person.

“And in additional we want the current and former ANCYL leaders, Charmaine Masinga, Amos Skhosana, Mzwake Mbuzili, Cynthia Maphanga, Zodwa Godi, Thulani Morepe and Bunu Malandule.

Ehlanzeni ANCYL secretary Pholoso Mbatsane was not available for comment at the time of going to publish.

(edited by MLM)

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Is Trevor Nkosi the next Gert Sibande ANC secretary?

The ANC doesn’t work on rumours, regional spokesman Sabelo Sikhakhane told 013NEWS this week.

The ANC in the Gert Sibande region has rejected claims that there was a certain lobby group aligned to one of Mpumalanga’s strongmen, Sbusiso Sgudla, that wants ANCYL regional chairman Trevor Nkosi to emerge as the party’s secretary when the region convenes its congress at the end of March 2017.

Spokesman Sabelo Sikhakhane told 013NEWS late on Monday: “In the ANC we don’t work on rumours but on facts, because rumours have an element of causing disunity in the region”.

“I can confirm to you that ANC Gert Sibande region is led by comrade Muzi Chirwa as chairperson and comrade Audrey Maleka as secretary,” he said.

Sikhakhane’s reply to questions sent earlier comes after 013NEWS was reliably told over the weekend that a powerful faction led by provincial executive committee member and resident of Msukaligwa, Sbusiso Sgudla, wants Nkosi and Mkhondo mayor Vusi Motha to emerge as secretary and chairman of the region respectively.

Regions across Mpumalanga are preparing for elective conferences in preparation for the ANC’s national elective congress in Gauteng in December this year.

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When Motha becomes the chairman of the region as allegedly planned, he will take over from Gert Sibande mayor Muzi Chirwa who was elected during a special congress a year ago after then regional chairman Vusi Shongwe was elected to be provincial treasurer at the December 2015 provincial congress. The same congress that saw Mabuza re-elected for a third term as chairman.

Chirwa was deputy chairman during the time Shongwe was regional chairman and served previously as regional secretary.

Mayor of Mkhondo, Vusi Motha, is tipped to become the next chairman of Gert Sibande Region. PICTURE Supplied

“They also want Khosi Khona who is currently the region’s treasurer to be Vusi Motha’s deputy,” the source, who is based in the Lekwa sub-region, told 013NEWS on Saturday.

He said it was all planned to “appear like that” by Sgudla but “also you need to understand that Andries Gamede and Shongwe have interests in the congress”. 013NEWS could not establish who Gamede and Shongwe want to emerge but the source said Sgudla was “the main man in all this”.

He said Chief Albert Luthuli sub-region’s Walter Mngomezulu, who is also a member of the regional executive committee in the Gert Sibande region, also has an interest in being the region’s secretary but finds himself outside of the Sgudla faction.

Sikhakhane said such “rumours”  were “new to me”.

“I personally [have] never heard of such, rumours remain rumours and we don’t work on rumours in the ANC”.

He said branches in Gert Sibande’s 7 sub-regions will be allowed to pronounce their preferred leaders once audit has been completed.

“Branches should wait to hear whether they have passed audit or not,” said Sikhakhane.

(edited by ZK)

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