Muzi Chirwa’s ward nominates Trevor Nkosi as Gert Sibande ANC secretary

The branch nominator said the popular regional youth leader has shown good leadership qualities.


The branch of ANC Gert Sibande chairman Muzi Chirwa has nominated the region’s ANCYL leader Trevor Nkosi for the position of mother-body secretary.

Four highly-placed ANC sources confirmed Nkosi was nominated in Chirwa’s ward as the secretary of the Gert Sibande region but said that the chairperson of the branch corrected the nominator that current secretary Audrey Maleka’s name was already raised by another nominator in the branch for the same secretary position.

“He stood up and raised Trevor’s name for the position of secretary,” a source who sits in the branch executive committee told the 013NEWS reporter on Thursday night.

“After being corrected he returned and asked that Trevor be the deputy secretary of the ANC in the region,” he said.

This happened at a special Branch General Meeting in Badplaas’ ANC ward 17 on late Thursday afternoon this week.

Badplaas ward 17 is Chirwa’s ward, who is also Gert Sibande district mayor.

ANC sources said that the special branch meeting nominated Chirwa for the position of regional chairman, Maleka for the position of secretary and Mkhondo mayor Vusi Motha for the position of deputy regional chairman.

“Trevor was nominated for the position of deputy secretary thereafter,” the source said.

Muzi Chirwa's ward nominates Trevor Nkosi as Gert Sibande ANC secretary

“He was nominated twice,” another source told the 013NEWS reporter.

“First for the position of secretary and then for the position of deputy secretary,” the source continued.

He said the meeting ended with Trevor’s name being recommended for the position of deputy secretary.

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“Yes the nominator said rather Trevor should be the deputy secretary if Maleka was that [secretary] and there was no question,” the source said.

Badplaas ward 17 branch secretary July Ncongwane confirmed Nkosi was nominated twice.

“He was indeed nominated twice, secretary and deputy secretary. But remember that Trevor asked that he won’t stand for any position during the special Regional General Council last month,” Ncongwane said.

“And now I don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Ncongwane.

Nkosi replied to texts immediately, saying that the 013NEWS did not afford him the opportunity to respond to allegations in February 2017 that he was being lobbied by a faction led by one of Mpumalanga ANC’s strongmen and Msukaligwa resident, Sbusiso Sgudla, for him to be regional secretary.

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He said that he respected the view of any branch in any sub-region to nominate him for any ANC position but then the ANCYL in the Gert Sibande region had made it clear that they support of Chirwa and Maleka to return as chairman and secretary respectively when the region holds its elective congress next month.

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“We will continue to serve under their committed leadership,” Nkosi said responding on Whatsapp.

“There’s one leader at a time,” he said.

“I respect the views of ANC branches but I don’t think I’m ready for the big task ahead. For us it’s not about positions but the unity of the ANC and fight against poverty, unemployment and inequality,” Trevor said.

(edited by ZK)

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GS RGC: Muzi Chirwa, Audrey Maleka to retain posts

The party in the region says this is because the two are doing ‘very well’.

Gert Sibande ANC chairman Muzi Chirwa and secretary Audrey Maleka will retain their posts, the party said in a statement.

Maleka’s office issued the statement on Sunday night (25 Mar) following a special regional general council on Saturday morning that resolved the status quo should remain.

Lindi Masina, Vusi Motha and Khosi Kota may also retain their posts as deputy secretary, deputy chairman and treasurer respectively.

“The special regional general council resolved that comrade Muzi Chirwa and comrade Audrey Maleka are doing very well and must continue to lead after the regional conference,” Maleka said in the statement.

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Maleka said they also resolved to support provincial leader David Mabuza’s national office bid – where he is expected to emerge as the ANC’s deputy president in December 2017.

“Therefore, we request all members to cooperate, every member is expected to do right things wherever they are, regardless the comrade is being watched or not.

“Let us all close the ranks,” she said.

“Unity unity unity must be the order on daily basis,” Maleka added.

ANC regions across the province are expected to retain key leaders in the up coming regional congresses in a campaign call ‘maintaining the status quo’.

Provincial leader David Mabuza will use this strategy to consolidate his power base in order to take a ‘united and solid province’  to the national conference where he is expected to emerge as the deputy president on slate that would see Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma become the country’s first woman president.

Maleka is also the regional executive member of the ANCWL and Chirwa is the region’s mayor and chairman of the South African Local Government Association since late last year.

The regional conference will take place on 13 and 14 May 2017.

(edited by MLM)

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