Nkangala ANC wants to wield axe in councils

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”.

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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”.

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Nkangala general council: Vusi Shongwe speaks unity

The provincial executive committee member addressed the regional general council.

Mpumalanga ANC treasurer Vusi Shongwe has appealed for unity, saying the time of congresses divides the ANC.

He said “conferences cause disorder” and they have accepted that as a “norm”.

Shongwe was addressing the special regional general council of the ANC in Nkangala on Saturday morning (25 Mar).

“I want all of you you here to go back in your branches and be ambassadors of unity,” he told delegates at the Banquet hall in Middelburg.

“And don’t allow your leaders to use you for their own agendas,” said Shongwe.

He said members who didn’t have money or power found themselves being used by those with money or power to achieve their own interests.

He also warned against greediness, saying the other way to stay united is to avoid being greedy.

“In order for us to be united we must try to not be greedy, we must know that there are comrades who are volunteers who get absolutely nothing in return for the love of the movement,” he said.

“ANC is not divided by ordinary members, it is divided by us the leaders of upper structures and deployees, it is us who think we know better,” Shongwe said, adding that should stop.

The ANC in the Nkangala region is expected to retain the current leadership as a way of forging ‘unity’.

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This campaign, called ‘maintaining the status quo’, is expected to elected current chairman Speedy Mashilo for a third term and Leah Khoza for a second term but another faction opposed to this wants change, saying the main faction’s call for unity is biased.

A source in the regional executive committee said that although the campaign seeks to maintain the status quo it does not mean that the positions of deputies wouldn’t be contested. “What we are looking at are key leaders, we want to retain the chairperson and and secretary and at the same time bring in young leaders into the fold as the chairperson has said”

The ANCYL in the province has been lobbying provincial leader David Mabuza for a forty-percent inclusion of young people into strategic positions in the party and in government for the past two years.

However one other faction has been lobbying for an outright leadership change and a take over of young people. It wants JS Moroka mayor Gijimani Skhosana to emerge as the new chairman when the region goes to its elective conference in May 2017.

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Nkangala lobby group wants Sarel Mtshweni to replace Leah Khoza, Speedy Mashilo to continue

A new emerging group linked to Premier David Mabuza’s ambition for ANC national office wants his old rival Sarel Mtshweni to return.

This is believed to be part of a broader plan to elevate Mabuza to Luthuli House on a ticket of unity.

The group wants current regional secretary Leah Khoza to be replaced by Mtshweni when the ANC in the Nkangala region meets for its congress in April this year.

Mtshweni was Mpumalanga human settlement head until 2013 when he fell out of favour with Mabuza after he wanted to be a chairman of the Nkangala region on a slate frustrating Mabuza’s third term ambition as ANC provincial leader.

Mtshweni was defeated when delegates voted for Speedy Mashilo in 2014 regional congress, which saw him emerging for a second term as chairman of Mpumalanga’s richest region.

This group now wants Mtshweni as the new regional secretary on a slate pushing Mashilo as regional chairman and Mabuza as deputy president nationally.

The group, with slogan: “Away with slate politics, tribalism & factionalism and unity of purpose in action in 2017,” also linked to Nkangala ANCYL Mduduzi Mswati Nkosi’s ambition for a second term as the league’s regional leader, wants Mashilo, Paul Mokaba as his deputy, Mtshweni as secretary, deputised by Joyce Tau and Moko Tlou as treasurer.

According to this slate deputy chairperson and eMakhazeni mayor Thomas Ngwenya will return only as an additional member as well as current secretary Leah Khoza while current deputy secretary Thomas Mabena does not feature in the list.

ANC member of parliament Thomas Bhongo also features in the slate.

But regional spokesman Sello Matshoga says regional succession race debates are not yet opened until Luthuli House has completed audits and ‘after that they will begin’.

“Sub-regions will then given the opportunity to nominate their preferred leaders, not now,” Matshoga said.

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ANC’s Leah Khoza fingered in Delmas manipulation of candidate list

The secretary of the ANC in the region is the cause of the by-elections in the area.

A manipulation of the process led to the wrong person being selected, leading to the ANC starting afresh.

And Nkangala regional secretary Leah Khoza has been fingered in the squabble that led to the selection of Maria Sepenyane as ward councillor candidate in the Delmas area of Delpark and Malita’s ward 6 in Mpumalanga.

Mishack Mthombeni – the man who was chosen by the community members to be ward 6 councillor candidate – revealed this when he was speaking to 013NEWS on Sunday morning.

During an ANC branch general meeting earlier this year, the names of Mthombeni, Sepenyane and that of then outgoing ward councillor Thandi Shabangu were picked by party members.

Mthombeni said this branch meeting, “well attended” was “fair and square” in its selection process as well as a community meeting a day later but then the regional secretary manipulated the list in favour of Sepenyane.

“What happened was that the following day in the community meeting, comrade Thandi got 4 votes and comrade Maria got around 10 or something I can’t remember but it was low and on me it was obvious because the whole hall raised their hands to say they want me.

“Now everything went smooth and the comrades, regional and provincial delegates accepted that I was nominated.

“Then somewhere I don’t know what happened.

“Comrade Leah Khoza was doing the IEC registration and afterwards I learnt my name was no longer there and we questioned and she began not to answer our calls,” said Mthombeni.

Addressing the 1st provincial executive committee lekgotla – post elections – on 3 September provincial chairman, DD Mabuza hit hard on “regional leaders who had imposed candidates on the community” and “branches which had manipulated processes.”

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“The ANC must accept, its within the policy of the ANC that; allow the people to elect their own candidate. It can’t be about friendship, it cant be about putting your friend to be a councillor.

And I know some of those comrades who did that and I had an opportunity to tell them; don’t do this, don’t do that and we suffered because of that,” Mabuza said at the time.

He said leaders who did not “shape up” would have to “ship out.”

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When contacted for comment Khoza told 013NEWS that she was in hospital and could not talk, referring queries to regional spokesman Sello Matshokga who said “indeed a mistake occurred” during the submission of names.

“That’s why we have decided to start afresh with the process and that’s why now we have the by-elections,” said Matshokga.

(edited by ZK)

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