ANC deputy president DD Mabuza expects large numbers of people will vote his party in Mpumalanga on 8 May 2019.
“It will go back to 80% or 82%. The DA might reverse,” said Mabuza.
Mabuza visited areas in Gert Sibande, eHlanzeni and Nkangala regions, promising unhappy ANC members that issues of infighting in the province would be solved. He also told potential voters that the ANC does listen to them.
He said certain mistakes were done by the party and they were apologising as ANC as “it will never happen again”.
He met with traditional leaders and engaged in door-to-door campaigns.
He said that he expects the Bushbuckridge Resident Association, a splinter group of the ANC that has various seats at the Bushbuckridge local municipality and one at the Mpumalanga legislature, will not return after 8 May 2019.
He also added it is only the ANC that will live forever.
He says other people should just go and look for employment – ANC positions cannot serve as their source of income forever.
PRET leader Themba ‘Masofa’ Sgudla has ripped into the campaign that wants Mandla Ndlovu as the next chairman of the Mpumalanga ANC, calling it a campaign of a “caste of friends”.
He said he doesn’t understand how come Ndlovu “endorses himself” for the position of ANC provincial chairman.
Campaigns to take ANC deputy president DD Mabuzas position have already started in the province – with a score of contestants vying for the seat.
Ndlovu’s supporters wants him to leave the position of provincial secretary and become the new chair when a special elective congress is held in April 2018 to fill vacant posts created by the partys December elective conference.
They also want Speedy Mashilo, the current chair of Nkangala, as deputy chair and Pat Ngomane to be the new secretary.
“Mandla Ndlovu was elected the secretary by conference. Very strange now that he wants to be chairperson,” Sgudla said over the weekend.
“Who wants him as chair? Which branches are those? See that’s where the problem starts. He is endorsing himself or it’s his caste of friends that wants him,” Sgudla said.
“We won’t support Ndlovu, clearly he wants to be elected in a factional way. This thing must end in the ANC. Factions, factions, everyday,” he said.
On Saturday, a campaign to have Mbombela speaker Mandla Msibi take the hotly contested seat was launched by PRET while ANC national chair Gwede Mantashe was delivering the January 8 statement at the Elukwatini stadium.
The group threatens to make Mpumalanga a no go-area for those who have been undermining it.
The Practical Radical Economic Transformation (PRET) group said they channelled a lot of money into making DD Mabuza the deputy president.
PRET leader Themba ‘Masofa’ Sgudla, a wealthy tenderpreneur from the eMalahleni area, spoke together with co-leader Sunday Mathebula during a press briefing a week ago and told journalists of their expectations from Mabuza.
He was elected to deputise Cyril Ramaphosa who became the 14th President of the ANC on that day, with Ace Magashule as the secretary, Jessie Duarte as his deputy and treasurer Paul Mashatile as well as chair Gwede Mantashe.
“You must remember that we have spent a lot of money as PRET mobilising for him,” Sgudla said.
“We have spent money, yes. And our blood and the bullets that came to our flesh,” he told journalists and a string of PRET members at The Ridge Casino in eMalahleni on Thursday afternoon.
“We’ve promised him that when he becomes the deputy president we will deliver 10 million new voters for the ANC in 2019 and we said to him that we want you to be the deputy president so that you can assist us with eradicating unemployment,” Sgudla said.
He said their struggle centres on the plight of the unemployed and will do everything to make sure the situation turns around.
He said Mabuza’s task will be to assist PRET to turns the tide around for the unemployed.
Sgudla also used the press briefing to warn all the ministers who come to the province without reporting to the Premier’s Office that Mpumalanga is not “a banana province”.
“And we are warning all these ministers that they must not come here and do Izimbizo and not implement it. They must come in and implement. When you do an Imbizo you must come back and say this is what I have delivered, that’s what they must do,” Sgudla said.