The province is currently struggling to hold a PGC that will elect his successor.
ANC deputy president DD Mabuza promised three leaders that they would replace him during the time there was a furore over former President Jacob Zuma’s fate as the country’s president, two insiders have said.
The sources said Mabuza attended his last provincial executive committee meeting of the ANC in the Mpumalanga province early this year and in it he told PEC member Fish Mahlalela that he “will take this thing”.
“It’s yours. Take it,” said one of the sources, referring to the provincial chairmanship position that Mabuza left when he got elected the deputy president on 18 December 2017.
“He told him he wanted somebody who is disciplined and who would be the beacon of hope for the masses of the people and who would maintain stability and keep the unity of the movement,” the source told the 013NEWS reporter.
Later on, Mabuza told Peter Nyoni, who is co-operative governance head, to “prepare himself” as he was leaving him the position, the source said.
“He basically told Nyoni same thing,” the source said.
Mabuza was elected the deputy president during a national elective congress at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Soweto.
On 27 February 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed him the country’s deputy president.
Ramaphosa – who was himself the country’s deputy president and who was elected ANC President in the same Nasrec conference – was elected by Parliament on 15 February 2018 to replace Zuma who was forced to resign on the night of 14 February.
The source said it was during this time of the commotion around Zuma’s fate that Mahlalela and Nyoni got to be promised the Mpumalanga ANC chair seat.
“Then a week later Mabuza delivered the state of the province address at the legislature and then told crowds afterwards that Mandla Ndlovu should take the position,” the insider said.
Mahlalela confirmed on Friday midday that he was promised the position and that Mabuza “just said it in passing”.
“I don’t think he really meant it because subsequently to that he publicly endorsed comrade Mandla [Ndlovu]. It was during a PEC meeting in January and he said this thing in front of everybody that he was leaving the position to me but I think he was just saying it in passing,” Mahlalela said over the phone.
Nyoni said there was no way Mabuza would have wanted him to be his successor “because of my struggles in the ANC”.
“That is that an impression created. First of all that is not the proper way of getting a successor. You can’t say to me I will be your successor, only the branches can say that,” nyoni said on Thursday afternoon.
He said the only time he discussed ANC matters with Mabuza was two years ago and they spoke about factionalism, gate-keeping and the need to unite the ANC.
“I’m not his favoured candidate and never was,” Nyoni said.
The province previously had Pat Ngomane, a close friend of Mabuza who hails from his home region of eHlanzeni, poised for the position but a powerful lobby group aligned to the deputy president now wants Ngomane to be the secretary, Ndlovu the chair and Nkangala leader Speedy Mashilo the deputy chair.
Provincial spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini had also been punted amongst those who should succeed Mabuza as well as controversial Mbombela speaker Mandla Msibi, Charles Makola, Mahlalela, Ndlovu, Nyoni and David Dube who are also jostling for the seat.
He said the meeting will be important moving forward as it will have the Holy spirit ‘revealing itself’ and ‘guiding’ everybody on how to solve current challenges.
PRET President Themba ‘Masofa’ Sgudla is consulting with spiritual leaders in order to hold a very big prayer session on the Thursday morning of 18 October 2018.
The event will take place at the eMalahleni Roman Catholic church in Ackerville and will be held to ask God to intervene and “guide the way” as the Mpumalanga ANC prepares for a provincial general council.
Sgudla said a similar meeting was held in late 2016, where they gathered at the same church praying for peace, unity and prosperity of the ANC and people of the province
He said the fact that the Mpumalanga ANC failed numerous times to have the much-talked about PGC was a sign that such “cannot be guided by the flesh and blood” but needed the Holy spirit.
“What is important is the Unity which is going to take us as a province somewhere,” he said when he spoke to the 013NEWS reporter over the phone.
“Without that Unity the ANC will be deprived of good planning and good planning which is important in bettering our lives as a people under its rule,” he said.
“You need that Unity and also that Holy spirit to reveal in us who amongst all the contestants is suitable to take us to the promised land and once that has happened we will be humbled by the results,” Sgudla said on Sunday evening.
The ANC in the Mpumalanga province is battling to hold the special PGC to fill vacant seats left when then provincial leader DD Mabuza got elected deputy president on 18 December 2017.
Also Violet Siwela, a former provincial deputy chairwoman and Candith Mashego-Dlamini, a PEC member, also left with Mabuza to serve as NEC members on that day.
Mandla Ndlovu, Peter Nyoni, Fish Mahlalela, Mandla Msibi and David Dube are amongst those gunning for the Mpumalanga hot seat.
The province was supposed to hold a PGC on the weekend of 15 September 2018 but could not and sources said they were affected by the “re-aligning of branches” by national secretary Ace Magashule and would now have the meeting soon.
In a statement released Monday this week, Sgudla said he was inviting all the contestants to the prayer session, including Vusi Shongwe who is rumoured to be also having interests in becoming the Mpumalanga ANC chair.
“We must all pray for unity in our beloved province of Mpumalanga,” he said in the statement.
“If we all understand unity to be paramount then it should be our understanding that the Holy Spirit will deliver one candidate to lead the ANC and all of us must be able to unite behind this individual,” the President said.
“However, if no such a candidate exists then a Provincial Task Team (PTT) that will lead us towards a decisive victory at the 2019 elections and a provincial conference thereafter may be the answer to our prayers,” he said.
He said the December 2016 prayer meeting at Ackerville’s Millenium Hall was able to determine what kind of a united leadership the Holy Spirit wanted and that “it was not by blood and flesh that Mabuza” got elected the deputy president but through the prayers of those community members who gathered.
Described as the “Sfiso Nkabinde” of the eHlanzeni region of Mpumalanga, the man says all accusations against him are sheer nonsense and cannot dignify them with a comment in the newspapers.
Mbombela municipality speaker Mandla Msibi has hit back at all his detractors who have “spread malicious propaganda” against him on the social networks, saying as speaker and ANC’s head of election he doesn’t have time for such “nonsense”.
Msibi is said to be the man behind the recent violent protest in KaNyamazane after his alleged interest in the tender to fix houses there could not go his way.
A message circulating on the social media since a week ago asking deputy president DD Mabuza to “remove” Msibi as head of elections in Mpumalanga “otherwise we will not vote,” said Msibi came with two tenderpreneurs who were appointed to come fix damaged homes in the area but “was not happy with the rate and influenced his contractors not to sign it”.
It said Msibi expected government would pay R85 000 per home but government rejected and instead opted for R45 000.
Residents in the KaNyamazane township of Mbombela in Mpumalanga are protesting the “slow progress” by government to fix their homes that were damaged by hailstorms in May 2018.
They say since then they have been waiting for government to fix the homes.
“Look I don’t have time for that nonsense,” Msibi said over the phone when the 013NEWS reporter asked him whether it was true he was the man behind the KaNyamazane protest.
“People spreading malicious propaganda about me thinking I’ll be hurt and react. I don’t have time for that, I can only respond to questions about the ANC’s readiness for elections next year,” Msibi said.
“Why those cowards write on the social media that I carry an AK47, I intimidate people, I cause protests? Who are these faceless people and why don’t the journalists do investigative journalism and expose them? And why don’t they open a case with the police?” Msibi asked.
“And do they know how an AK47 looks like?” he asked.
He said as a leader he welcomes anybody to say anything about him as “dogs do not bark at an idle car”.
“That tender is with the human settlement department and I’m a speaker of a municipality, I don’t know why people say I’m busy influencing tenders. Look my brother I don’t have time for that, they must open a case against me and stop spreading malicious information. Thanks,” he said.
Last week Premier Refilwe Mtsweni had to be whisked away from the area when she tried to address the angry community. The residents said they didn’t want her but national leader Cyril Ramaphosa or his assistant DD Mabuza who had hand-picked her to be the Premier.
Mtsweni is expected to return to the community and address them, promising their homes will be fixed.
He had been taken away by the cops on malicious damage to property charges.
Contestant for the Mpumalanga position of ANC deputy president DD Mabuza is accusing Safety and Security MEC Pat Ngomane of using state resources to victimise him.
Mandla Msibi, who wants to be chairman of the ANC in the province, spoke to students at the Acornhoek Tvet College on Saturday afternoon and said more than 150 cops came to his house to arrest him.
He was nabbed on Monday morning a week ago.
“If you have a view about a specific person that you want to lead the ANC, pursue your view without assassinating the character of the other contender,” Msibi said to the students.
“Comrade Pat Ngomane must stop using state security apparatus to fight political battles in the ANC,” he told the applauding students who had come to fill the main hall of the college.
Msibi addressed the Nelson Mandela memorial lecture organised by PRET and supported by SASCO in the campus.
He was arrested on Monday last week on charges on malicious damage to property and released on a warning, according to provincial media.
A community meeting in the area of Pienaar had accused Msibi, the speaker of the Mbombela municipality, of corruption and Msibi allegedly went to revenge those who held the meeting by attacking them, Mpumalanga News reported, and the cops swooped.
But in Acornhoek, Msibi said he had never seen such a large number of police officers coming to arrest an individual in his life.
He claimed this was done by Ngomane to make sure he doesn’t stand for nomination as he will be facing criminal charges.
“When they came to my house to arrest me they said that I was being charged for house robbery, that I took a TV but when we were there at the police station they changed and said I was being charged for malicious damage to property. I was shocked. And when I asked they said ‘no, don’t worry, we will take you back to your house’.”
He said he phoned Ngomane and told him he was intending to sue the state for “unlawful arrest, malicious prosecution and defamation of character”.
“I put him on loud-speaker and comrade Pat just said ok,”Msibi said.
Ngomane’s spokesman Joseph Mabuza said the MEC doesn’t interfere in the daily operation of the cops.
“He didn’t even know about the case. I’m the one that called him after I had media enquiries that Mandla Msibi is arrested and asked me to check what he had been arrested for. It will be wrong to say the MEC directs the cops on who to arrest and who not to arrest,” Mabuza said.
He spoke to a fully packed hall at the Elukwatini township on Thursday afternoon.
One of the leaders gunning for the Mpumalanga position of ANC deputy president DD Mabuza has spoken for the first time, addressing a fully packed hall in Elukwatini.
Mandla Msibi, who is the speaker of the Mbombela municipality, came to the area together with the leadership of PRET, which included founding President Themba Sgudla and secretary Sunday Mathebula and took to the stage to address a score of people who had come to the Elukwatini hall.
He is being supported by the organisation to take over as the chairman of Mpumalanga ANC.