Moela hints Mabuza will be ANC president

“If branches want him why not?”

ANCYL deputy president Desmond Moela has hinted that as the ANCYL they will support Premier David Mabuza for the ANC position of president.

Moela was addressing the league’s Radical Economic Transformation Assembly in Badplaas on Sunday afternoon and said they wanted to engage with the ANCWL on their preferred candidate.

The ANCWL wants ex-AU chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to emerge as the party’s first female president in December 2017 but Moela told the crowds at Badplaas’ Manzana cultural centre that they wanted to engage the ANCWL on that.

Without mentioning Dlamini-Zuma by name, Moela said: “You know what these other micky mouse parties do, they fill in young people in Parliament. Young people who are able to engage and you still want to put old people, people who can’t even do door-to-door, no comrades it can’t be. ANCWL come let’s engage. It can’t be correct. Let’s engage, because we believe there’s a room for engagement and if you feel strongly that you’re ready to take over South Africa and lead this country please come let’s engage and give us the best candidate that can lead this organisation, not someone that you see is old and even when that person walks you can see the time is over”.

Dlamini- Zuma turned 68 on 27 January 2017 while Mabuza will turn 57 on 25 August 2017.

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“As the ANCYL we have not yet pronounced ourselves and we will do that through proper channels and structures of our organisation and we’ll make sure that we put young people to lead the ANC and when we say we want young people we might not be referring to this generation but to people like comrade DD Mabuza because we believe they are still young and they can take the organisation forward,” Moela said to thunderous applause.

“I’ve never seen the best chairperson other than the chairperson of Mpumalanga,” he said, provoking further thunderous applause from the scores of youth league member.

Moela hints Mabuza will be president

David Mabuza. MfisoDIGITAL/MLM.

Moela said the reason he said Mabuza was capable of taking the ANC forward was not because “I’m also from Mpumalanga”.

“No, is because I know the good work he has done in Mpumalanga, why not comrade DD becoming president?” Moela asked.

This can be interpreted to mean that the Premier League leader might emerge as President Jacob Zuma’s successor.

Moela also lauded Gert Sibande chairman Muzi Chirwa for “taking care of young people” and said he was unlike other leaders in other regions “who don’t care about young people” and said when the time comes they will remove them.

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He however didn’t say who those leaders were.

Moela said if the SACP wanted to divorce the ANC, “let them do it and leave us with our movement”.

He further welcomed the resignations of the three ANC MPs who resigned a week – Dipuo Peters, Mcebisi Jonas and Tina Joemat-Petterson – and said if there were still more others “we are waiting for them because as young people we need those seats”.

(edited by MLM)

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Lobby group that wants Gijimani to replace Speedy begins work

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.

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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.

Lobby group that wants Gijimani to replace Speedy begins work

Nkangala regional chairman and Mpumalanga Human Settlements MEC Speedy Mashilo. © MfisoDIGITAL/MLM.

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.

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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.

(edited by ZK)

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