The sources say the man is such a powerful force to the extent that he receives frequent calls from ANC deputy president DD Mabuza and is also poised to become the next ANC regional chairman.
An imminent cabinet reshuffle in the eMalahleni local municipality and Nkangala district municipality may see ex-ANCYL regional chairman Mduduzi ‘Mswati’ Nkosi becoming the new mayor of the district, this paper has learnt.
013NEWS understands that the factions are preparing for a battle that will see Nkangala mayor Sarah Masilela removed from her position and Mswati taking over from her.
This should “ensure stability” as ANC deputy president DD Mabuza also flexes his muscles while appointed Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane flexes hers, changing spokespersons and bodyguards for the ones she prefers over those of her predecessor.
Sources say Mswati is so powerful to the extent that he receives frequent calls from Mabuza and is also poised to become the next ANC regional chairman in what will look like the installing of one of Mabuza’s lieutenants in Mpumalanga’s economic hub.
It is still unclear where this puts Speedy Mashilo, the regional ANC chairman who is believed to be having interest in provincial political battles.
Mtshweni-Tsipane may become the new ANC chairwoman in that battle with Gert Sibande chair Muzi Chirwa apparently becoming the secretary.
Mashilo was on the top 5 on the list sending people to legislature for the 6th provincial government in which Mtshweni-Tsipane was number one. But Mashilo, who has been serving as MEC for traditional affairs and co-operative governance, never made it when Mtshweni-Tsipane announced her cabinet a week ago.
Both Mswati and the ANC in the region said suggestions that Mswati is gunning for Masilela’s position was unfair and they “have never discussed that”.
“I think what you are saying is a rumour and I should not entertain it,” Mswati said when asked whether it was true if he was gunning for Masilela’s position.
He said if there was “such a thing” he was going to “release a statement”.
League regional secretary Thabang Mathebula said they know nothing.
“As far as I know there was an REC meeting that deliberated on the issue of accessing the performances of councillors only for the purpose of services delivery. I really know nothing about a cabinet reshuffle coming to remove a mayor.
“What I can say is that as young people we want young people to occupy strategic centres of power. We are having a policy with the ANC and we want 20% of young people to occupy positions in all the municipalities,” Mathebula said Thursday last week.
“But for the issue you are raising I don’t want to say things I don’t know,” said Mathebula.
ANC regional spokesman Sello Matshoga said they have always wanted clean governance in the district but issues of Mswati have not been discussed.
“The last REC meeting that we discussed matters of governance was when we spoke about Victor Khanye municipality as well as Thembisile Hani and we spoke about the issues of accessing the performances in terms of what it must deliver to people and we were able to make certain changes on certain deployments.
“Other meetings that are being talked about as ANC we can’t say they are there because we have not heard about them or made them part of REC decisions. It’s just rumours and as the REC we do what is there and not rumours because rumours do not feature in our discussions for the lives of our people. We will always communicate decisions and that won’t be a problem as it has never been. And we always release press statements to communicate our decisions,” said Matshoga.
The non-profit organisation said they do not engage people from the ANCYL and the statement they released had “clarified” everything.
Former Nkangala ANCYL leader Mduduzi “Mswati” Nkosi was left fuming this week after he was mentioned and lambasted in a media statement released by the Practical Radical Economic Transformation (PRET) group of Mpumalanga.
The statement came from the official email of PRET and said the non-profit organisation had heard that Mswati had said that he was speaking to leaders of PRET “with regards to shifting [our] support to SANCOTA”.
SANCOTA is the new political party registered early 2019 by its leader Chief Bhekumuzi “Mantjolo” Mnisi and eMalahleni businessman Themba ‘Masofa’ Sgudla to contest the upcoming May general elections. It will be officially launched at the Thulamahhashi stadium the coming weekend (2 March).
The PRET statement reads: “Mduduzi Mswati Nkosi stated that he spoke to the leadership of PRET SA with regards to shifting their support to SANCOTA. [He] must concentrate on matters of the ANCYL. He does not have the mandate to speak on our behalf. We are moving with SANCOTA!” the statement said.
Seeing this, Mswati went beserk. He released his own statement soon afterwards, hitting back at what he calls “desparation” on the part of PRET leaders to “gain prominence” using his “good name” through a “non-entity” organisation. Read Mswati’s statement below.
Dear Sir and media houses.
Let me be allowed to state this without fear or favour.
Claims that I have spoken to the so-called leaders of Pret SA to shift their support (sic) to Sancota, are deceitful and irresponsible.
In their attempt to gain prominence and fame within the ANC-loving community, they drag my good name into their toxic mixture. They do all this because of their desperation in confusing some masses about their interest in contesting elections.
I am a disciplined member of the ANC and my loyalty to the movement is steadfast and unflinching.
The only thing I know is the ANC and I’ll go wherever and whenever to give clarity and inform the public about ANC achievements than their scheme of cone entrepreneurs which is an amoeba like as we all know PRET or Sancota plan is only to use underprivileged communities for a single demigod.
I speak to different people all the time and no PRET can stop me or threaten me not to enter any community as freedom of speech and association is enshrined in the Bill of rights.
I will continue to persuade masses to support not any other party except the ANC now and forever.
He said as a young person he had no choice but to enrol and empower himself educationally.
ANCYL deputy president Desmond Moela is getting a diploma in March 2019, he told this paper.
Moela said he’d been with the Tshwane University of Technology since 2015, studying public management.
The graduation ceremony will be held March this year, he said.
“I am going to graduate this year. Now in March. And I have also been accepted for a BTech degree and I’m studying again this year,” he said when he spoke to the 013NEWS reporter at the eMalahleni banquet hall the past weekend.
Moela had attended safety and security MEC Pat Ngomane’s foundation gala dinner that aims help fund the poor to access tertiary education.
Both Moela and businessman Gabriel Ngomane addressed the event of about 50 people before Pat delivered the main address.
While on stage, Moela said he had now “defeated the people who have been saying that I am a drop-out because this year I’m graduating”.
He told 013NEWS that he will study his BTech degree as a full-time student.
“At the end I want to become a doctor. I want to be called ‘Dr. Moela’,” he said on Saturday night.
“I’m not going to rest until I’m called ‘Dr. Moela’,” he added.
In his address, Pat Ngomane said he took the advice of his late spokesperson Joseph Mabuza who said they should instead register a foundation where businesspeople would pump money towards the tertiary education of those who cannot afford.
He said for some time now they would identify pupils from poor families and help send them to universities.
He said they did it “the old way” but the foundation “I think is coming to assist a lot”, saying many young people found themselves frustrated by the processes of the National Financial Student Aid Scheme (NFSAS).
Ngomane said the door of learning “should be opened even wider”.
“When I urge all of us to keep the door of learning wider open I mean that all of us are responsible or can contribute,” he said.
He added it was important that even those ones who are not able to reach university are assisted.
“We must not abandon [them] and say ‘because they fail we don’t need them’.
“Last year I paid for another kid and he failed everything. But we took a decision and we said, ‘No, because he failed let him re-register all the subjects and pay from his own pocket and if he passes the subjects this year we will pay for him next year but then soon afterwards I remembered that myself I had somebody paying for my tuition fee and I failed all the subjects the first year.
“The person who was paying for me came and said, ‘No, I will pay for you again. Get a second chance’ and I was able to improve and passed the following year,” he said.
Former Nkangala ANCYL chairman Mduduzi ‘Mswati’ Nkosi who also runs a foundation introduced Ngomane on stage.
Mayor Linah Malatjie, SASCO’s Jacob Tau and Faith Msibi as well as youth league treasurer Sam Masango formed part of those who came to Ngomane’s foundation launch.
The league will have a provincial elective conference on 7 December 2018.
Mpumalanga ANCYL deputy chairman Trevor Nkosi says he personally feels he must give others the chance to lead the ANCYL.
Nkosi says the reason he is available for the position of league provincial chairman ahead of congress is because he respects the comrades who have requested him to stand “but personally I have never stood up and say I want to lead the ANCYL”.
Nkosi spoke to the 013NEWS reporter Friday afternoon this week after it had come to light that he is actually turning 36 next year April.
He was born on 27 April 1983 and the age limit for being a member of the ANCYL is 35 years.
“I have raised the issue of my age to comrades but you know comrades they always have something they put forward to justify their views,” the affable Nkosi said over the phone.
“I have said that I’m 35 years-old already and I think now I’m ready to contest the space in the ANC,” he said.
He said personally he feels the ANCYL should be led by people between the age of 20 and 30 and afterwards “give those who are following you the chance”.
Nkosi said when he told comrades about his age “they started saying, ‘No, we have confidence in you. We want you to lead us, you have the capacity to change the political landscape in the province for young people”.
He is endorsed by his home region of Gert Sibande as well as other comrades in Bohlabela and Nkangala.
In mid-2017, Nkosi, who had previously served as regional secretary and chairman of the league in Gert Sibande before being elevated to the position of deputy provincial chair in 2016, was elected as the regional executive committee member of the Gert Sibande ANC.
Also Mduduzi “Mswati” Nkosi, former leader of the Nkangala ANCYL, got elected to the Nkangala ANC REC as was outgoing league provincial leader Tim Mashele for the Bohlabela ANC REC in June 2017.
Nkosi, who is also the chief whip of the Gert Sibande district municipality, said comrades began pointing out the age of current national leader Collen Maine who is apparently 38 years and former leader Fikile Mbalula, who left the league in 2007 at 38, to say he must accept leading the league.
He said it is because he respects them that he is available “but personally as Trevor Nkosi I’m no longer there”.
“I feel other young people should be given the opportunity to lead the league. Our space is now in the ANC,” Nkosi said.
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.
Two NGOs are heading to the Tshwane High Court to force government to respect the constitutional rights of people with regard to the air pollution being caused by Mpumalanga’s Sasol and Eskom power plants.