ANCYL cries manipulation of Mpumalanga list conference votes

They believe the outcomes are not a reflection of the views of branches.

The ANCYL in the Mpumalanga province has come out gun blazing against what they term “abnormalities” in the outcomes of a recently held provincial list conference.

Held at the Mbombela stadium on 9 December 2018, the list conference was a process to select leaders who should go serve in the legislature and Parliament after next 2019’s general elections but is now being slammed for its exclusion of young people.

Provincial league spokesman Bheki Sithole said the exclusion of the youth in favour of “old retiring people” was as a consequence of “an abusive dominant faction in the PEC of the ANC in our province”.

“The ANC in Mpumalanga undermines the youth,” Sithole said.

“Young, competent and capable leaders were removed from the consolidated list and replaced with old retiring people,” he said.

This comes amid the NEC’s postponement – to next year – of the national list conference that was scheduled to take place on 21 December 2018.

The ANC leadership said the reason they have decided to postpone the conference is because of the rife allegations of manipulations in the provinces.

Sithole said the outcomes of the Mpumalanga list conference were not a true reflection of the BGMs.

He said the late ANC leader Oliver Tambo once warned that “a nation that does not care about its youth does not have a future and does not deserve one”.

“We however don’t believe that this undermining tendency is a product of ANC branches through their BGMs to nominate competent comrades to represent and implement progressive policies for a better life for all.

“To the contrary, the branches of the ANC have affirmed young leaders to take over the responsibility of being representatives of our people as a whole in legislatures, National Council of Provinces and National Assembly,” Sithole said.

He said as a league they were aware of certain individuals in the PEC of the ANC who “abused their positions to temper with the list that was duly a consequence of branch nominations”.

“It is a tendency that undermines not only the youth but the branches of the ANC as well. It’s a gross misconduct at worst, a tendency very foreign to the values of the National Liberation Movement,” he said.

The outcome saw Premier Refilwe Mtshweni bank the most votes, followed by Pat Ngomane at number 2 and Sasekani Manzini at 3.

Amongst those listed as young people in the top 30 is Manzini, Nompumelelo Hlophe, Gabisile Shabalala, Makhosazana Masilela, Bobo Mtshweni and defected BRA secretary Cleopas Maunye.

“We want to put it categorically clear that those who are referred to as youth in the results hold no membership of the ANCYL because of their age, therefore they do not represent us but themselves,” Sithole said.

“We want to urge the national leadership of the ANCYL as we go to the national list conference to rescue the will of Mpumalanga branches, intervene and correct this abusive abnormalities.

“We further warn the dominant faction in the PEC of the ANC to desist from their foreign tendencies, repent and allow corrective measures to be taken,” he said.

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Sasekani Manzini tops Mpumalanga legislature nominations

She is ahead of Premier Refilwe Mtshweni who has the second highest number of branch nominations.

Mpumalanga ANC spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini has the highest number of branch nominations to go to the 30-seat legislature.

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni is behind her by only two branch votes.

Of the 288 Mpumalanga branches that sat for their BGMs to nominate members who should go fill the seats at the legislature after the 2019’s general elections, Manzini was nominated by 206 with 204 nominating Mtshweni.

The list was released by acting provincial secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali ahead of a provincial list conference scheduled for 7 December 2018 at the Nutting House in Mbombela.

ANCWL provincial chairwoman Busi Shiba has the third largest votes – with 188 branches nominating her to come serve as a legislature member, followed by Nkangala ANC regional leader Speedy Mashilo with 183 and PEC member Pat Ngomane who received 180 branch nominations.

The provincial list has 58 nominees, which includes current legislature members like Vusi Shongwe, David Dube, Bonakele Majuba, Sibusiso Malaza, Gillion Mashego, Fidel Mlombo, Gabisile Shabalala, JJ Skhosana, Thandi Shongwe and Violet Siwela.

Others in the list include ANC contender Peter Nyoni, Lucky Ndinisa, Sarel Mtshweni, Mandla Msibi, Charles Makola as well as Nkangala ANCYL leader Bobo Mtshweni, eHlanzeni ANCYL leader Bheki Lubisi and league deputy president Desmond Moela as well as others like Gert Sibande ANC leader Muzi Chirwa and eHlanzeni’s Jesta Sidel.

In a statement this week, the ANC said that it was pleased by the “tolerance and maturity” displayed during the nomination process.

It said of the 400 branches the province has a total of 341 that were able to pass audits and 288 were able to conduct BGMs.

Anyone who has objections regarding the list should direct them to party provincial headquarters in Mbombela no later than Thursday 6 December 2018, it said.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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