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.
He was previously that leader who would take the mic and lambaste all of President Jacob Zuma’s critics and was thought to be a member of the so-called Premier League but seems he has moved away from all of that.
Mpumalanga ANC chairman DD Mabuza is not backing down on his campaign for Unity and is prepared to “forge ahead” even if this doesn’t make him the deputy president.
Mabuza on Friday disappointed supporters of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who had hoped he would endorse their candidates for the fiercely contested position of ANC president, especially the NDZ camp that features him as the deputy president.
Than endorsing people, Mabuza chose to pronounce Unity as the presidential candidate who must win and lead the ANC after December 2017.
“We are talking about the aspiration of our people here, not individuals,” he told journalists after the Mpumalanga PGC had concluded.
The outcomes showed of the 463 Mpumalanga branches, only 123 nominated Dlamini-Zuma, 117 Ramaphosa and 223 Unity.
Dlamini-Zuma had to be announced as the winner after electoral officials refused to recognise votes cast as Unity, saying Unity was not a person and the 223 votes were therefore counted as abstentions.
Mabuza pronounced he supported Unity than one of the two contestants who needed his determining province to emerge in December.
“You have elevated the debate into something else as if the president of the ANC is God. Its not. The ANC is owned by its own members, not leadership,” Mabuza said to journalists at the Mbombela stadium.
“Leadership is just there to guide the movement but is not God. So as members of the ANC we are going to guard, jealously, this movement,” he said.
Mabuza wants the ANC to discuss and come out with a person suitable to lead it as opposed to leaders contesting each other through slates, which is cause for the gradual death of the ANC.
He wants this candidate to be elected from the floor in congress than being pre-determined by slates.
He said this whole thing that he is pushing is not himself “but about the aspirations of the people”.
“I was never born to be a Premier or chairperson, I’m here solely because of the will of the people and tomorrow there will be someone else. There was someone before me and there was someone before that someone, so individuals will come and go but the aspiration of the people remain,” Mabuza said.
“So [if I’m not elected] I’m going to join the rank and file and move with them and I’m not going to be unhappy with that. At any given time the ANC must be led and we will follow. I was not born to lead all the time and I’m not going to fight for any position. It’s members of the ANC who will elect me and I’ll accept. I’m saying let’s find consensus. As a province we are peculiar, we have preached unity, still standing on those words today,” he said.
Mabuza addressed the PGC on Friday and said there will always be different opinions but the experience that the ANC got during the struggle will help it “resolve whatever differences that we have in order to achieve unity and make us a very formidable force towards the attainment of our strategic objectives”.
“As I conclude I want to reiterate that for us as Mpumalanga the ANC comes first and no one, no individual is bigger than the ANC. We must emerge with a strong and united ANC irrespective of the conference outcomes. We should elect a leadership collective, brave enough to make tough decisions to better the lives of our people. For those who will emerge as elected leadership should be no adoption of a triumphalist posture at the expense of the broader organisational goals. We cannot afford any split from our ranks. This is not about individuals but about the future of our country and generations and generations to come.
He wanted to see the SACP leader at the policy conference or at least the SACP leader send a proper delegation to represent them.
Mpumalanga ANC leader David Mabuza is not impressed that SACP leader Bonakele Majuba didn’t come to the provincial policy conference.
He expected Majuba to come in person and deliver the SACP’s message of support or send someone who was properly delegated to come speak, according to him.
Mabuza said this after SACP central committee member Madala Masuku told the thousands of ANC delegates who attended the provincial policy conference at the Mbombela stadium on Saturday morning that he popped in on his way from Mozambique.
Masuku told delegates that he was passing Mbombela coming from Mozambique when he was asked by the SACP in the province to stop by the policy conference and represent them.
Madala Masuku informs dep. chairwowan Violet Siwela who was charing the meeting that he has been asked to deliver the SACP’s message of support. MfisoDIGITAL/ZK.
“What a surprise,” Mabuza said. “What a surprise,” he repeated.
“Comrade Madala was just passing and he saw us here and they said to him ‘because you’re there, represent us’, what a surprise,” Mabuza said.
“Please tell comrade Majuba I’m not happy,” he said to Masuku.
Masuku, a senior member of the SACP, is also the country’s economic development deputy minister.
Madala Masuku. MfisoDIGITAL/ZK.
Mabuza then asked delegates to stand up for a moment of silence in memory of SACP national leader Blade Nzimande’s mother, who died a week ago.
Nozipho Nzimande died at the age of 90 on 11 June 2017.
“We want to convey our sincere condolences to the family, to the entire leadership of the SACP for the loss of our mother,” said Mabuza.
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.