The party says the void he left will be difficult to fill.
The ANC in the Nkangala region has described the ward councillor who perished in a car crash as “humane”, “urbane” and “respectful”.
Nicknamed “Richard”, Mlingo Mabena died in a car crash on Sunday.
“He was a dedicated servant of the community,” ANC spokesman Sello Matshoga said.
“He was humane, urbane and respectful,” he said.
Richard was the chairman of the ANC in the Simunye branch of the JS Moroka municipalitu’s ward 26.
The area is called Loding Village.
His death comes when his contribution is required most by the ANC, Matshoga said.
“Comrade Mabena will always be remembered for his jokes and cheerfulness.
“At this moment of grief and pain within the ranks of the ANC, the alliance and the mass democratic movement in general, we would like to appeal to all members of these formations to draw strength and courage from the life of Comrade Mabena.
“We further appeal to all those formations of our movement to draw strength and learn from his dedication, selflessness and loyalty to the ANC,” said Matshoga.
The region says they made certain recommendations that the heads of certain councillors roll in three municipalities.
The ANC in the Nkangala region wants a certain members of its municipal councillors sacked in coming days.
In a statement, regional spokesman Sello Matshoga said a regional executive committee meeting this week noted “serious challenges of leadership” in the Victor Khanye local municipality and “resolved to forward a recommendation to the PEC that both the executive mayor and speaker be redeployed”.
In the Dr JS Moroka local municipality, the ANC says it wants the redeployment and reshuffling of members of the mayoral committee.
In Steve Tshwete, Matshoga said there will also “be redeployment of some of the members of council so as to bring stability in the municipality”.
Matshoga said these were issues of performance after the regional working committee had visited the councils.
He said this follows consultations with branches, where everyone agreed that there was a serious problem in Victor Khanye local municipality.
In Steve Tshwete, the recommendations are that “there should be a constant monitoring of the sub-region by the deployees of the ANC to check if there are improvement of relations between the executive mayor, members of mayoral committee and council caucus”.
The Nkangala ANC is led by Speedy Mashilo as chairman, deputised by Thomas Ngwenya, Leah Khoza as secretary, deputised by Thomas Mabena as well as treasurer Moko Tlou.
Mswati also expects to be re-elected for a second term when the ANCYL also meets for its own regional congress but a faction unhappy with his leadership wants him to be replaced by his deputy and spokesman Tsekiso Machike.
Both Mswati and provincial league treasurer Sam ‘Obama’ Masango are said to be not seeing eye to eye and Obama is believed to be part of the faction that is opposed to Mswati coming to power again.
The group says they believe the election of Gijimani to the region’s number one job will ‘re-energise’ the ANC.
A lobby group that wants JS Moroka local municipality mayor Gijimani Skosana has begun lobbying.
This week regional spokesman Sello Motshega said branch audits have been completed and they were now waiting for the results to begin the succession race debate.
Regions across the country are preparing for regional congresses in preparation for the national conference in December 2017.
The lobby group that wants Skosana to emerge as the chairman of the ANC in the Nkangala region is opposed to current chairman Speedy Mashilo’s bid for a third term as leader of Mpumalanga’s richest region.
Skosana, who led the YCL as its secretary in the region, has the backing of the South African Communist Party and other disgruntled ANC members but the Mashilo group, wanting to ‘maintain the status quo’, is likely to emerge and retain the chairmanship.
Mashilo, who is also the MEC of human settlement in the Mpumalanga province, is believed to have the blessing of provincial chairman David Mabuza to retain his post as regional chairman.
One of the campaigners for Skosana to take over from Mashilo, Michael Mahlangu, a branch secretary in JS Moroka sub-region’s ward 14 and ANCYL PEC member, said a young person like Skosana would re-energise the ANC.
“We want somebody who can radicalise the ANC,” he said.
“Someone younger and militant, “he said, adding “over 70% of the branches” in the sub-region wants Skosana.
In eMakhazeni sub-region, there is also another group aligned to the one that wants Skosana to replace Mashilo but eMakhazeni sub-regional convener Andries Mabena said the branches have not yet pronounced on the succession debate “as there were still processes to be followed”, before referring queries to regional spokesman Sello Matshoga, who told 013NEWS that “branches still have to wait for audit results” before pronouncing on their preferred leaders.
The SACP in the region is expected to meet on Tuesday to discuss the regional succession race, regional spokesman January Kabini confirmed.
The four regions of Mpumalanga – Bohlabelo, Ehlanzeni, Gert Sibande and Nkangala – are expected to elect leadership in the first week of April 2017 and all are positioned to elect leaders who will be favourable to Mabuza’s ambition for national office.