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.
The league is faced with two important congresses – a provincial and a national one – and jostling for positions has begun.
The factional fights of the ANCYL ahead of two important congresses are the reason ANC deputy president DD Mabuza snubbed the ANCYL’s 74th birthday celebration, this paper has learnt.
Some branches across the Mpumalanga province have started convening BGMs to nominate favoured candidates ahead of a provincial elective conference, a conference important going to the national one where the claws are out between contestants NEC member Ndumiso Mokako and national treasurer Reggie Nkabinde.
Senior ANC sources in the Mpumalanga province said Mabuza was made aware in the 11th hour that the 74th birthday celebration at the Sydney Choma community hall in Middelburg was going to be more of a launch of Nkabinde’s campaign than a birthday celebration.
“He was briefed on Saturday not to come because that was actually gonna be the launch of Reggie’s campaign. Mabuza doesn’t really want to publicly associate with a slate in the ANCYL though Pholoso Mbatsane is his favoured candidate for the position of national secretary,” the source said.
“But Mabuza doesn’t want to do that overtly, so that is why you saw [deputy president Desmond] Moela and [ANC provincial spokeswoman] Sasekani Manzini. Those are one of people who do Mabuza’s work on the ground,” said the source.
Reason national leader Collen ‘Oros’ Maine also snubbed the event was because Maine wants Mokako, who also snubbed the event, to be the President and “wouldn’t want to be overridden by the Nkangala ANCYL that actually organised the event,” the source said.
The event was then addressed by outgoing deputy president Desmond Moela, who called for unity in the league and said if the leaguers didn’t unite now they would just have to “forget” about liberating the youth of this country.
Mpumalanga provincial secretary Pholoso Mbatsane (L) and national treasurer Reggie Nkabinde (R).
Moela wants Nkabinde to be the President on a slate that wants provincial secretary Pholoso Mbatsane as the secretary general.
The Nkabinde camp also wants Nkangala secretary Thabang Mathebula to be Mpumalanga ANCYL chairman when a provincial congress is held soon.
But this is setting them against the Mokako camp which wants Gert Sibande’s Trevor Nkosi to become the chair. Nkosi is current provincial deputy chair.
The source say the reason Mokako, Maine and Mabuza didn’t come “is the issue of association”.
The Mokako campaign is currently experiencing hardships after Sabelo was discovered to be having secret meetings with former President Jacob Zuma allegedly plotting to oust current leader Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Sunday event was chaired by Nkangala regional leader Bobo Mtshweni and saw Nkabinde flanked by Mathebula, Moela, Mbatsane, provincial leader Tim Mashele, Manzini, Nkangala ANC chair Speedy Mashilo and secretary Leah Khoza.
Mpumalanga ANCYL leader Tim Mashele. 013NEWS/ZK.
“Collen, there was no way he was gonna come. It’s the issue of association my brother like I’m telling you,” said the source.
Moela and Manzini are accused by a disgruntled faction aligned to Mokako in the Bohlabela region of having delivered a league regional leadership through unfairness and alleged use of “bogus delegates”.
Asked why he did not attend Sunday’s celebration, Mokako said he could not make it to the event because he “did not have money”.
“Remember you need petrol to get to a place,” he said while laughing over the phone.
Provincial acting chairman Mandla Ndlovu, who also snubbed the event, said the reason he did not come despite being put on the program was because he had “flu”.
“I’m sick you won’t believe. I have flu,” he said over the phone.
“I don’t know that I was on the program,” said Ndlovu.
Manzini asked that all queries be directed to the ANCYL as that was an ANCYL event.
Provincial spokesman Bheki Sithole said the event was not a launch of Nkabinde’s campaign but a birthday celebration but can’t say those who say so are lying.
“Look it’s no secret that the ANCYL is due for a congress and during such time it happens that comrades lobby each other, so I won’t say whether those who say that was a campaign are lying or not but what I know is that it was a celebration,” Sithole said.
“All I know is that it was a 74th birthday celebration of the ANCYL and was organised nationally,” he said.
Nkabinde himself denied the stage was set for him to launch his campaign.
“You can’t say a celebration of the ANCYL is a launch of a campaign. That is so incorrect,” he said.
He added that an apology was sent by Mabuza to national secretary Njabulo Nzuza because Mabuza “had an emergency”.
National spokesman Mlondolozi Mkhize didn’t answer repeated calls on Sunday night and Monday morning.
He says Zuma is very intelligent and, unlike others, he didn’t have to go to school to be so.
Mpumalanga ANC acting chair Mandla Ndlovu has used the ANC’s Thuma Mina outreach program in eMalahleni to throw a heap of praise on former leader Jacob Zuma, describing him as an “organic intellectual”.
Ndlovu addressed learners from four secondary schools in the eMalahleni area as well as students from the Nkangala Tvet College and the Tshwane University of Technology on Friday last week.
“I hear brothers are calling themselves organic intellectuals,” Ndlovu said while on stage at the Lynnville community hall.
“I don’t believe that here you have got organic intellectuals, that if you don’t go to school you will be an intellectual. No. In South Africa there is only one that I know who didn’t go to school but is an intellectual and that is President Jacob Zuma,” Ndlovu told the about 800 learners who had come to fill the hall to listen to him talk.
“And I don’t think that we will have another one in this country,” he said.
“He didn’t go to school in order to be an intellectual. That one is an organic intellectual and the rest must go to school in order to be intellectuals. He didn’t,” Ndlovu said.
Ndlovu said Zuma was the only intellectual “that has never seen a face of a teacher and if you give him a platform Zuma will mesmerise you because he is an organic intellectual,” Ndlovu said to applause.
“He is the only one. The rest must go to school in order to be intellectuals,’ he said.
Ndlovu invited the students in order to encourage them to choose education above all. He said when they choose education they will have a bright future and be able to create the right careers for themselves.
Ndlovu wants to be the provincial chairman of the ANC and is currently on a province-wide campaign. The position was left by DD Mabuza who got elected as the deputy president on 18 December 2017.
“If you are educated you can marry the person of your choice because in terms of the pyramids of marriage you can’t go down. An ordinary person cannot marry a principal,” Ndlovu said.
“In short, you must go to acquire knowledge that will make you stand on your toes, qualified and you will then come back and create employment for yourself. It is not your choice to rely on social grants or go to school without food or uniform but it is your choice to be what you will be in the future,” he said.
He said the students should take advantage of the South African education system because it takes you from Grade R to University for free.
Later Ndlovu, who was accompanied by SASCO, ANCYL, ANC and government leaders donated to the pupils and the students some sanitary towels and school uniforms.
Nkangala ANCYL secretary Thabang Mathebula, former leader Mduduzi ‘Mswati’ Nkosi, eMalahleni mayor Linah Malatjie and JS Moroka mayor Thulare Madileng formed part of the event.
He spoke to ANC members and followers soon after he delivered the State of the Province Address on Friday.
ANC deputy president David Mabuza has weighed into the Mpumalanga succession race, endorsing contestant Mandla Ndlovu for the hotly contested Mpumalanga ANC chairmanship.
Mabuza spoke to ANC members and supporters outside the Mpumalanga government complex in Riverside, describing Ndlovu as a “very humble man”.
“He is a humble man that can come into my shoes,” Mabuza said of Ndlovu to thunderous applause.
He spoke on an ANC stage truck soon after he delivered the State of the Province Address (Sopa) as the Premier of the province, where he promised jobs for the unemployed.
“Comrade Mandla please treat the people of Mpumalanga good.
“You must know that myself and the people of Mpumalanga have an unbroken bond. My love with the people of Mpumalanga will never end. So if you are mistreating them, you will be mistreating me and as a deputy president I will have to deal with you,” Mabuza said to thunderous applause.
Ndlovu and a string of others in the Mpumalanga province are racing for the ANC provincial chairmanship position after Mabuza, who was provincial chair, got elected as the national deputy leader at Nasrec on 18 December 2017, leaving the seat vacant.
Also Violet Siwela, who was Mabuza’s deputy and Candith Mashego-Dlamini, a PEC member, got elected to serve as additional members of the NEC.
Ndlovu’s supporters want him as chair, Speedy Mashilo as deputy chair, Pat Ngomane as secretary and Desmond Moela as an additional member of the PEC.