Whole ANC NEC coming to campaign in Mpumalanga

They will address various community meetings and do door-to-door campaigns.

The whole national executive committee of the ANC will be in the Mpumalanga province to campaign.

Deputy president DD Mabuza, secretary Ace Magashule, chairman Gwede Mantashe and secretary Paul Mashatile will lead teams of NEC members deployed to each of the four regions.

The campaign trail of the party follows one they had in Free State a week ago where President Cyril Ramaphosa hit the streets of Mangaung and began greeting people in the CDB on a Thuma Mina campaign.

– Mabuza will lead those NEC members deployed to Gert Sibande which include Tony Yengeni,  Fikile Mbalula, Nomvula Mokonyane, Derek Hanekom, Angie Motshekga and Jeff Radebe.

– In Bohlabela, the campaign trail will be led by Mantashe and will feature such leaders as Nathi Mthethwa, Senzo Mchunu, Zizi Kodwa, Naledi Pandor, Pule Mabe, Bheki Cele, Bongani Bongo, Zingiswa Losi and Jackson Mthembu.

– In Nkangala, it will be led by Magashule and will feature Thandi Modise, Lindiwe Sisulu, David Mahlobo, Tito Mboweni, Mdu Manana, Sifiso Buthelezi and Mondli Gungubele.

– In eHlanzeni, it will be led by Mashatile and will feature Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Thabang Makwetla, Baleka Mbete, Pravin Gordhan, Faith Mutambi, Susan Shabangu, Tokozile Xasa and Alvin Botes.

The ANC said this is about “reconnecting with the people”.

“Through Thuma Mina, the ANC reaffirms it’s commitment to work with the people to create a better life for all,” the party said.

(edited by MLM)

Send tip-offs to [email protected]

Mpumalanga University students slam timing of Nehawu strike

Politics is reportedly blamed for the alleged chaos that occurred a week ago when Nehawu workers marched.

A march by the National Education, Health And Allied Workers Union to the Mpumalanga University is now blamed by the students after an alleged incident of exam disruptions at the University of Mpumalanga.

Thursday last week, Nehawu marched to the department of higher education demanding that vice chancellor Thoko Mayekiso is removed from her position “with immediate effect” over allegation of corruption.

“We have been veraciously complaining about issues related to irregular appointments, mismanagement of funds, alleged corruption, unilateral changes of policies and ineffective university council,” Nehawu said a day before their march, adding that all their attempts to have the ear of management were ignored.

On the week of Nehawu’s march the students were scheduled to begin exams and were shocked when they were chased out of exam halls by people serving “politics”.

According to one student who spoke to online newspaper Daily Vox, the protest came as a surprise after they thought they would now concentrate on their books having been rocked by a number of protests between March and September 2018.

“The strike affected us as students as we have worked hard preparing for our exams with limited time,” the student said.

“We as students were striking not so long ago against the corruption of the management, so this semester we didn’t attend a lot of classes. It came as a surprise to us as students when NEHAWU was chasing students out of the examination hall,” he told Daily Vox.

ALSO RELATED: SASCO concerned about “unwillingness” to investigate Univ.MP boss Thoko Mayekiso

But in a statement, Nehawu has rubbished the claims they disrupted exams.

“The national union rejects misleading rumours that it is responsible for disrupting exams in the university,” the union said.

Another student, Vuyelwa Mnisi, said she is not against the protest but its timing.

“This whole situation is bad because we have to put our future on hold because of workers, and it’s sad because they are our parents. I’m not against them striking but I’m against them choosing this particular time, they could have chosen another time because I feel as though currently they are using us.

“A large population is being affected and another thing happening in that university is politically driven. SRC is Sasco, a student organisation of the ANC. Nehawu is the workers organisation of the ANC, the Chancellor Cyril Ramaphosa is the President of the ANC, that is why the student organisation is supporting a union of workers of the ANC,” she said.

SRC leader Mcolisi Ngcapalala said it was management that was disrupting students’ future.

“Those destructing our future is not NEHAWU or the workers,” Ngcapalala said.

“But it’s the management. What we are saying in terms of disruption of the exam is that it’s a symptom of a sickness that has been given to us by the management of the university,” he said.

Ngcapalala added that there has been no academic progress in the institution since 8 October 2018.

The march putting pressure on government to fire Mayekiso was joined by COSATU, SACP, YCL, COSAS and SANCO.

(edited by MLM)

Send tip-offs to [email protected]

Mpumalanga ANC to have PGC after 2019 general elections

They say all they will do now is concentrate on preparations for next year’s elections.

The Mpumalanga ANC has postponed their PGC to after the 2019 general elections, acting secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali has confirmed.

She said now they are busy preparing for next year’s elections.

SEE ALSO: PRET to campaign for ANC, wants 2019 “overwhelming victory”

Ntshalintshali said they are following a communication by national secretary Ace Magashule.

“The letter from the secretary reaffirming an NEC decision says we should concentrate on elections,” she said.

She said the NEC early this year had put “timelines” for provinces to hold congresses and provincial general council “and later on said Mpumalanga should no longer. You will do it next year,” said Ntshalintshali said.

She added for now they are concentrating on preparing for elections.

The date of the 2019 general elections will be announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Constitutionally, the elections should be called any time between 8 May and 7 August 2019.

The current term ends on 8 May 2019 and the IEC will then have a time frame of 90 days to hold elections, and the date will be chosen by Ramaphosa falling within this 90 days window.

(edited by ZK)

Send tip-offs to [email protected]

Save ANC Mpumalanga member Mabhuza Ginindza dies

He started his political career during the time of Bantustans in the Apartheid era, serving in the KaNgwane homeland regime.

One of the members of the former Save ANC Mpumalanga group, Mabhuza Ginindza, has died.

His family said the 65-year-old seasoned politician died after a long period of illness on 14 October 2018.

“The Ginindza family is saddened and shattered to inform you of the passing away of my uncle Mabhuza Simeon Ginindza,” family member Sibusiso Ginindza said on Facebook on Monday.

Sibusiso said his memorial service will be held on 17 October 2018 in Nhlazatshe.

Ginindza began his political career in the 1980s, serving as the administrative secretary of the Inyandza National Movement that governed the then KaNgwane homeland during Apartheid.

In a historical journal published by the University of South Africa in March 2012, Ginindza writes that he became a public representative for a period of 26 years – starting 1983 to 2009.

He served one term as a councillor in Matsulu (1983 – 1988), one term as a member of the KaNgwane Legislative Assembly (1988 – 1994) and three terms as member of Parliament in the new South Africa (1994 – 2009).

In 2001, Ginindza was named MEC for housing by then Premier Ndaweni Mahlangu, taking over from DD Mabuza who got redeployed to Parliament.

He also served as the chairman of the ANC in the Gert Sibande region.

In 2015, Ginindza became a member of the Save ANC Mpumalanga, publicly slamming the “sidelining of good comrades” by then provincial leader Mabuza.

The Save ANC Mpumalanga grouping, which had then PEC member Peter Nyoni as its leader, was opposed to Mabuza returning to be the chairman of the Mpumalanga ANC for a third term, calling him a “Nkurunziza of Mpumalanga” – a label that likened him to Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza whose campaign for a third term in office caused riots and widespread violence in that country.

“Good comrades have been sidelined in this glorious movement of the people, for the people. The ANC is not the ANC we know,” Ginindza said then.

Sibusiso said his uncle was a “living library and he meant so many things to me”.

“My political mentor is no more, a gallant soldier for the liberation of the people of the Republic of South Africa,” he wrote.

(edited by MLM)

Send tip-offs to [email protected]

ANC hauled into court to dissolve Mpumalanga PEC

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 matter will be heard at 10h00 in Mbombela.

(edited by ZK)

Send tip-offs to [email protected]