‘DD Mabuza promised three leaders they would succeed him’

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.

'DD Mabuza promised three leaders they would succeed him'

Fish Mahlalela

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.

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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.

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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.

(edited by ZK)

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YCL takes aim at Sibusiso Sgudla


The young communists say the powerful ANC politician has ‘collapsed’ all municipalities.

The young communist league in the Gert Sibande region has taken a position that challenges what they say is the ‘Sgudlarisation’ of the ANC and its government.

Regional young communist leader Ayanda Mashaba delivered the YCL’s message of support during the commemoration of the life of the late husband of transport deputy minister Sindi Chikunga – Peter Chikunga.

Peter was an anti-Apartheid activist who lived in the Mpumalanga area of Elukwatini, near Swaziland and died in the early 2000s.

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SACP provincial leader Bonakele Majuba delivered the keynote address during the commemoration on Sunday mid-day at the Elukwatini Stadium.

Mashaba said as YCL they have been observing the ‘collapse of municipalities’ in the hands of ANC provincial executive committee member, Sbusiso Sgudla.

“Down with Sgudlarisation of the movement, down!”, he said, to which those who attended replied: “Down!!!”

“There’s one family in the Gert Sibande region and if we must talk about the Gupta, we will talk about our own Gupta in our region,” Mashaba said.

“We are saying reduce the powers of Sgudla now!” he said while on stage.

“When we were on the ground campaigning for the ANC [during elections] we were not campaigning for it to enrich Sgudla and his children,” he said to thunderous applause.

Sgudla is believed to be one of the most powerful politicians in the Mpumalanga province.

Nicknamed ‘Deputy Premier’ or ‘The Great’, others in ANC corridors even go as far as saying that Sgudla, who lives in Ermelo, is the most powerful after provincial leader David Mabuza.

This is not the first time the YCL called on the fall of Sgudla.

During its Bua Thursday in Amersfoort late last month, the communist league pronounced the slogan to the community members, ‘Down with Sgudlarisation down!!!’.

During the Chikunga memorial gathering over the weekend, ANC regional executive committee member Walter Mngomezulu delivered the ANC’s message of support and took aim at what he said was the deliberate dividing of the African people.

“But we’re not surprised at all this because we know that it originates from the period of Apartheid colonialism and our fight is against this system.

“As Africans it is customary to us that during this time we return to our ancestors, uBaba Chikunga, to ask for wisdom,” Mngomezulu said.

(edited by MLM)

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