Peter Nyoni: ‘Only vision defines a good leader, not numbers’

He said what is needed now is the creation of an “enabling environment” in the ANC that can relieve comrades from intimidation, fear, gate-keeping and slate politics because that is what in fact robs the ANC of good leaders.


Mpumalanga ANC contender Peter Nyoni believes in the politics of vision and not just having a large number of followers towards an elective conference.

He said numbers do not bring any change in our society but ideas “and not just ideas but ideas based on principles bring change” in our society.

He said it always happened that a leader would be elevated to power by numbers and when the people realised they had put somebody with no vision they got disappointed and stopped following that leader.

Nyoni was speaking with journalist Zingisa Chirwa on her Rise FM show on Tuesday evening this week. He wants to be the chairman of the ANC in Mpumalanga.

“As a leader you have to understand why you are in a particular space,” Nyoni who boasts 30-years of experience in politics told Zingisa.

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“And leadership again is the capacity to influence people through inspiration which is generated by passion, motivated by vision, produced by conviction and ignited by a purpose.

“The purpose of being there,” he said.

“And based on that purpose you have to develop a strong conviction, something that will say to you, ‘this which I believe in I am prepared to die for’,” said Nyoni.

Peter Nyoni: 'Only vision defines a good leader, not numbers'

Peter Nyoni.

Nyoni said he had been approached by quarters of some branches in the eHlanzeni region to come fill the vacant position left by former provincial leader DD Mabuza when he got elected the deputy president on 18 December 2017.

He is amongst a large number of contestants who want the same seat, like Charles Makola and David Dube who are former provincial deputy chairmen in Mabuza’s first term (Makola) and second term (Dube), Mbombela speaker Mandla Msibi and current secretary Mandla Ndlovu, these are just some of those gunning for the Mpumalanga ANC’s top job.

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Nyoni said when he led the Save ANC Mpumalanga campaign in 2015 he got suspended as a member of the party’s provincial executive committee and could not make it into it again when an elective congress was held later that year.

“I’m now an ordinary member of the ANC,” he said.

“It was a campaign that was meant to ensure that we deal with disunity in the ANC, gate-keeping which is so rife and slate politics which for a very long time has deprived effective leadership in the ANC. I was actually challenging those things,” he said.

His Save ANC Mpumalanga grouping was opposed to Mabuza returning to be the chairman of the ANC for a third term, calling him a “Nkurunziza of Mpumalanga” – a label that was likening him to Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza whose campaign for a third term in office caused riots and widespread violence in that country.

Nyoni said leaders do not think about “what will happen to me if I do this but what will happen to the organisation if I don’t do this”.

“I need my brain because my brain is my primary tool that will enable me to think and no one must endeavour to think for me and say this is a collective decision when in fact it is a one man’s decision and that is what we are totally against. Let all of us effectively participate in the life of our organisation,” he said.

“We must be allowed the space to contribute meaningfully because you must understand that our organisation has deteriorated a lot. The trust account is now depleted, deposit that trust into it,” Nyoni said.

A provincial general council that will elect Mabuza’s successor and then fill the deputy chairperson position as well as filling another position in the PEC will be held on 15 September 2018.

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Nyoni heading to Luthuli to ‘demand’ Mpumalanga PGC

He said having a PGC in the Mpumalanga province is not a “personal but a constitutional matter”.


Mpumalanga ANC contender Peter Nyoni has told 013NEWS that next week he is going to Luthuli House to ‘demand’ that the provincial general council in the province must be allowed to sit and elect ANC deputy president DD Mabuza’s successor.

He said there was “currently lobbying” by Luthuli House for Mpumalanga not to have the PGC – that instead they must concentrate on the general elections that President Cyril Ramaphosa allegedly wants to be held earlier than next year.

Nyoni said they will demand that the PGC sits “as a programme that the ANC said would happen”.

“As ANC we must demand the PGC,” Nyoni said over the phone.

“That is not a personal but its a constitutional matter,” he says.

“The constitution says if there are vacancies declared they must be filled. So next week we are going to speak to the national leadership about the issue. There has to be the PGC in the province,” he said.

Nyoni is contesting for the position of Mpumalanga ANC chairperson left by Mabuza when he got elected deputy president on 18 December 2017.

His slate has Sarel Mtsweni who wants to be the deputy chair – a position left by Violet Siwela who became an NEC member during the Nasrec national conference.

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Provincial secretary Mandla Ndlovu also wants to be the chair – with Speedy Mashilo as the deputy chair and Pat Ngomane as the secretary.

“We can’t agree to them postponing the PGC because that was a programme that was agreed would happen. We must speak to our organisation and say, ‘no, this one is wrong, we want the PGC’,” Nyoni said.

A week ago, Ndlovu told the Mail & Guardian that his province is hard at work preparing for the PGC.

“We are still finalising the membership audit. From 1 May [2018] the branches will start to convene BGMs to nominate a provincial chairperson,” Ndlovu said.

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Sasekani Manzini tipped to replace DD Mabuza

She rose to become provincial executive committee member after spending time in ANCYL provincial leadership.


Mpumalanga ANC spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini will probably be the next chair of the ANC in the Mpumalanga province come 2018.

With others believing that Pat Ngomane, Speedy Mashilo or Muzi Chirwa will take the baton of leading the party, new information has come to place Manzini as the next chairperson of the ANC Mpumalanga.

This paper understands that Manzini is needed by some quarters of ANC leaders to take over from DD Mabuza when a special congress sits.

“There was a caucus on Friday after we came back from conference,” a source told 013NEWS on Monday, “and it was agreed that comrade Sasekani should be it,” the highly-placed source who is always seen nearby Mabuza in ANC gatherings told the reporter.

“We deliberated that with her capabilities she should become the chair,” the source said over the phone.

“You can expect her,” the source said. “Don’t quote me in your newspaper, I’m merely telling you what is currently being discussed”.

Sasekani Manzini tipped to replace DD Mabuza

Newly elected ANC deputy president and outgoing Mpumalanga chairman David Dabede Mabuza.

This may see Mpumalanga for the first time being led by a female leader.

Manzini rose to become the provincial secretary of the ANCYL following its dissolution after controversial national leader Julius Malema was expelled in 2012, serving with now ANCYL deputy president Desmond Moela who then emerged as provincial league chair.

Mabuza, a powerful leader of the ANC in the province, was elected on 18 December 2017 at the Nasrec Expo Centre, Soweto to become the next Deputy President of the ANC.

He was elected to deputise Cyril Ramaphosa who became the 14th President of the ANC on that day.

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Asked last night whether she knows of plans for her to replace Mabuza, Manzini said a special provincial congress early in 2018 is the one that will determine who becomes the next chair of the ANC in Mpumalanga.

“You see, you saying things I don’t know. What caucus?” she said over the phone.

“Wait for the special congress for the ANC to elect a chairperson, not this thing you are saying,” Manzini said.

“I don’t know what you are saying. Honestly. The ANC doesn’t work like that and for your rumours I must tell you honestly that that’s not how the ANC operates. It’s not. We don’t work on rumours and those things you are saying. The ANC will convene a provincial general council and decide who should lead it in the province, leave your rumours,” she said.

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Phosa wants Mabuza to explain Unity candidate… in court

He says the Mpumalanga ANC is breaking party rules for not nominating anybody.


ANC presidential contender Mathews Phosa is filing court papers to have the Mpumalanga ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) dissolved.

He says the PEC violated party rules when it cajoled branches into nominating nobody during BGMs.

“The nomination guidelines are clear that a person with a name and surname must be nominated,” Phosa’s campaign organiser  Ronnie Malomane said .

“Mabuza and the PEC misled the branches and we want the PEC to be disbanded,” he said.

He said they also want the court to declare the nomination processes that took place as lodged disputes were not attended to by the PEC and NEC.

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“We want the nomination process to be re-run because 35 branches lodged disputes and there was no report-back,” Malomane said.

On Friday, the ANC in Mpumalanga pronounced Unity for all the positions in the top 6 after this particular candidate received 223 nominations for the position of president against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s 117 and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s 123.

Though Dlamini-Zuma was announced as the winner for the nomination of president for her narrow defeat of Ramaphosa, provincial leader DD Mabuza said the province’s stance is Unity over any other contestant.

“Unity has won,” he said after the provincial general council had concluded at the Mbombela stadium on Friday evening.

Mandla Ndlovu, the ANC secretary, said it was fine if Phosa is taking them to court.

“It’s up to them. They can go to court and we’ll defend,” he said.

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Mabuza admits alliance at its weakest, repeats call for unity

He says it occurs for the first time in history that alliance partners call for an ANC president to step down.


Mpumalanga ANC leader David Mabuza has taken his campaign for unity to a greater height using the policy conference to admit the house is falling apart.

Mabuza addressed the ANC provincial policy conference held at the Mbombela stadium on Saturday and said if the ANC-led mass democratic movement failed to unite it will not see the light of day.

The provincial policy conference was attended by all branch executive committee members, regional and alliance leaders as well as municipal deployees.

He said the alliance partners were calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down but they didn’t do this through thorough engagement with the structures, “this is done in the media”.

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“If you say to the ANC, as an alliance partner, that Jacob Zuma must step down, what do you want the ANC to do? Knowing very well that Jacob Zuma was elected by branches of the ANC,” Mabuza said.

“No one anywhere can call for the head of the ANC president except for the branches of the ANC,” Mabuza said to thunderous applause.

“We are at our weakest. We are at our weakest,” he said while on stage.

In April 2017, Cosatu called for Zuma to resign as both ANC and government leader, saying it has lost confidence in him as a person capable of uniting the movement.

This followed a cabinet reshuffle that saw finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas sacked and replaced by Melusi Gigaba and Sfiso Buthelezi.

The SACP also wants Zuma to resign, with SANCO endorsing his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed him.

“The unity and cohesion of the alliance is at its weakest. It’s at its weakest,” Mabuza said.

Mabuza admits alliance at its weakest, repeats call for unity

He said the national congress in December 2017 is the right platform to tell the President to step down.

He said in December 2017 Zuma will step down as ANC president and will do so in 2019 as South Africa’s president.

But he warned the 6000 plus delegates that when Zuma leaves “our problems will remain,” adding Zuma only contributes 1% of the problems “and the rest of the problems we’re all participants”.

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“We have forgotten our duties as the ANC together with the alliance to mobilise society into our programs of transforming society, busy fighting one another.

“And this has affected the movement. If still we want to lead this country and transform society for the better we must understand that that requires a united revolutionary movement. That is the only instrument you can have to transform society, if you don’t have that instrument you must just forget,  you can sing nice slogans but it will be the end of you,” he said.

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