BGMs… Chirwa’s branch nominates ‘Unity’ to lead ANC

The branch of one of the ANC leaders of the regions of Mpumalanga had a BGM on Thursday afternoon, nominating delegates and candidates for the ANC’s 54th congress.

The branch of the leader of the ANC in the Gert Sibande region of Mpumalanga has conducted a branch general meeting only to put nobody’s name on the nomination form.

Members confirmed that during a nomination process at the Manzana Cultural Centre they agreed on the word ‘Unity’ instead of someone’s name.

This is after the ANC in Mpumalanga released a statement to dismiss reports that provincial chairman DD Mabuza has instructed PEC members and regional leaders to put the word ‘Unity’ on the nomination forms than someone’s name.

SEE HERE: Mpumalanga ANC denies ordering branches to nominate ‘Unity’ 

Members in Badplaas ward 17 where Chirwa’s membership is said it was after consideration during discussions that “putting people’s names on the nomination form will kill the ANC”.

“Others wanted CR17 but the majority said they want ‘Unity’, we voted. Unity. And then we signed the nomination forms and closed the meeting,” one ward 17 branch member said after the nomination meeting had concluded.

‘Unity’ is the new trend used by branches influenced by Mabuza’s call for unity in the province.

They argue that should one between Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa win, the one who loses will leave the ANC to form a splinter party as it happened in 2007 when the Congress of the People was formed and in 2012 when the EFF was also formed by ANC members whose slate lost in congress.

They say they will not allow the 7 contestants – Dlamini-Zuma, Ramaphosa, Baleka Mbete, Lindiwe Sisulu, Jeff Radebe, Zweli Mkhize and Mathews Phosa – to kill the ANC in front of their watch and that they want the ANC to sit down and agree on who is best suitable to take over from outgoing President Jacob Zuma.

The Unity candidate, believed to be Mabuza himself or Zweli Mkhize, will be elected from the floor once delegates have agreed on who is best for the positions in the top 6 and executive and in that way electing what the Unity group calls an “uncontested leadership”.

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But Mabuza himself is connected with the Dlamini-Zuma group, which wants him to deputise her and NDZ supporters in the Mpumalanga province believe that ‘Unity’ is a Mabuza sign for a support for NDZ.

The Unity group doesn’t say a word about the NDZ group but is openly opposed to the CR17 group and this is seen in statements released by the spokeswoman of the ANC in the province, Sasekani Manzini – distancing the Mpumalanga ANC from the CR17 camp.

Supporters of CR17 in Badplaas said they were not satisfied with how the BGM was conducted.

“If you say Unity, who is Unity? Delegates will go to congress and elect Unity? Doesn’t the constitution say we must nominate leaders during BGMs?” a CR17 supporter asked.

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ANC condemns attempted killing of Mkhondo mayor

Party spokesman Sabelo Sikhakhane says they haven’t established whether the attempt on his life was politically motivated, related to family or anything but says it’s wrong for anyone to want to kill anybody “regardless whether that person is right or wrong”.

The ANC in the Gert Sibande has condemned the attempt to kill Mkhondo local municipality mayor Vusi Motha.

Motha is also the regional deputy chairman of the ANC in the Gert Sibande region.

The African Times reported that Motha escaped uninjured when unknown people fired bullets at his car on the Sunday night of 14 May 2017.

He was on his way home in Mkhondo.

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Provincial police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi confirmed the incident, appealing to anybody with information to come forward and assist the cops trace the perpetrators.

“As the ANC we condemn the incident in the strongest possible term,” regional spokesman Sabelo Sikhakhane said.

“The attempt to kill anybody is wrong, regardless whether that person [being targeted] is right or wrong,” he said.

The police in Mkhondo are investigating a case of attempted murder.

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The African Times reported that a picture posted on a WhatsApp group showed Motha’s car riddled with bullet holes on the passenger side.

Motha expects delegates to elect him to retain his post as the deputy chairman of the ANC in the Gert Sibande region when a regional congress is convened in no time.

Both chairman Muzi Chirwa and secretary Audrey Maleka have been endorsed by all branches to retain their respective seats.

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Muzi Chirwa’s ward nominates Trevor Nkosi as Gert Sibande ANC secretary

The branch nominator said the popular regional youth leader has shown good leadership qualities.


The branch of ANC Gert Sibande chairman Muzi Chirwa has nominated the region’s ANCYL leader Trevor Nkosi for the position of mother-body secretary.

Four highly-placed ANC sources confirmed Nkosi was nominated in Chirwa’s ward as the secretary of the Gert Sibande region but said that the chairperson of the branch corrected the nominator that current secretary Audrey Maleka’s name was already raised by another nominator in the branch for the same secretary position.

“He stood up and raised Trevor’s name for the position of secretary,” a source who sits in the branch executive committee told the 013NEWS reporter on Thursday night.

“After being corrected he returned and asked that Trevor be the deputy secretary of the ANC in the region,” he said.

This happened at a special Branch General Meeting in Badplaas’ ANC ward 17 on late Thursday afternoon this week.

Badplaas ward 17 is Chirwa’s ward, who is also Gert Sibande district mayor.

ANC sources said that the special branch meeting nominated Chirwa for the position of regional chairman, Maleka for the position of secretary and Mkhondo mayor Vusi Motha for the position of deputy regional chairman.

“Trevor was nominated for the position of deputy secretary thereafter,” the source said.

Muzi Chirwa's ward nominates Trevor Nkosi as Gert Sibande ANC secretary

“He was nominated twice,” another source told the 013NEWS reporter.

“First for the position of secretary and then for the position of deputy secretary,” the source continued.

He said the meeting ended with Trevor’s name being recommended for the position of deputy secretary.

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“Yes the nominator said rather Trevor should be the deputy secretary if Maleka was that [secretary] and there was no question,” the source said.

Badplaas ward 17 branch secretary July Ncongwane confirmed Nkosi was nominated twice.

“He was indeed nominated twice, secretary and deputy secretary. But remember that Trevor asked that he won’t stand for any position during the special Regional General Council last month,” Ncongwane said.

“And now I don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Ncongwane.

Nkosi replied to texts immediately, saying that the 013NEWS did not afford him the opportunity to respond to allegations in February 2017 that he was being lobbied by a faction led by one of Mpumalanga ANC’s strongmen and Msukaligwa resident, Sbusiso Sgudla, for him to be regional secretary.

SEE HERE: Is Trevor Nkosi the next ANC Gert Sibande Secretary?

He said that he respected the view of any branch in any sub-region to nominate him for any ANC position but then the ANCYL in the Gert Sibande region had made it clear that they support of Chirwa and Maleka to return as chairman and secretary respectively when the region holds its elective congress next month.

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“We will continue to serve under their committed leadership,” Nkosi said responding on Whatsapp.

“There’s one leader at a time,” he said.

“I respect the views of ANC branches but I don’t think I’m ready for the big task ahead. For us it’s not about positions but the unity of the ANC and fight against poverty, unemployment and inequality,” Trevor said.

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ANCYL rejects rumours of Trevor Nkosi becoming next ANC secretary

The ANCYL’s statement comes after a source told 013NEWS that Trevor Nkosi was being lobbied to take over from Audrey Maleka.

The ANCYL in the Gert Sibande region has quashed a rumour doing the rounds that its chairman Trevor Nkosi was being lobbied to become the next secretary of the ANC in the region.

A week ago 013NEWS reported that there was a powerful faction led by one of Mpumalanga’s ANC strongmen, Sbusiso Sgudla that wanted Nkosi as ANC regional secretary, Mkhondo mayor Vusi Motha as chairman and Khosi Kota as Motha’s deputy.

In a statement released on Wednesday night, the ANCYL in the region rejected “these lame, unscientific and stupid allegations”, saying these were meant to sow division in the united region.

“The ANC youth league would, under normal circumstances, not respond to these lame, unscientific and stupid allegations but because they have a huge potential to mislead readers we had no choice but to bring clarity,” it said in the statement released by spokesman Thulasizwe Thomo.

The league held its ordinary regional executive committee meeting at the party’s regional headquarters in Ermelo and discussed the issue.

They say their support for ANC chairman Muzi Chirwa and secretary Audrey Maleka remain ‘unshaken’ and they were, on top of that, considering supporting them to retain their positions when the ANC holds its regional congress at the end of March 2017.

Regions across the country are preparing for elective congresses in preparation for the party’s national elective congress in Gauteng in December 2017.

SEE ALSO: Is Trevor Nkosi the next Gert Sibande ANC secretary?

The league said though they were “still going to lobby” Chirwa and Maleka to retain their posts as chairman and secretary respectively but they were still faced with the challenges of “reproducing” their ideas and “will no longer rely on the older generation to provide new strategies and tactics, but we can learn a lot from them, which is why this doesn’t eliminate the fact that the coming REC of the ANC which will be led by comrade Chirwa and comrade Audrey ought to have young minds with energy and innovation, as we believe that some have within the elders have overstayed and they are now tired”.

A week ago, Nkosi said it was “out of order” of those who were saying he was tipped to be the region’s ANC secretary as “there has not been a single person who has come to me about such thing”.

“Nobody has ever told me that they want me to be secretary and that would still be out of order because that’s not how we operate in the ANC and as young people we can’t be seen as being lobbying for positions than youth development.

“That is wrong,” he said.

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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.

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