He was elected to go hold national office during an ANC national conference on 18 December 2017 at the Nasrec Expo Centre, Soweto but has also been appointed the country’s deputy president.
ANC deputy president David Mabuza’s departure to occupy national office is a “biggest relief” for the people of Mpumalanga, former DA party leader James Masango has said.
Masango, who was succeeded by Jane Sithole during a provincial congress on Saturday, said Mabuza kept the province at ransom and “there was no one in the ANC brave enough to challenge him”.
“The departure has brought great relief to the people of Mpumalanga,” Masango said while on stage at the Graceland Casino in Secunda addressing delegates.
“The autocratic leadership of a man described as a mafia by members of his own party,” Masango said.
“Mabuza kept this province at ransom for almost 10 years,” he said.
“There was no one brave enough to challenge him in the ANC and those who tried were thrown out or silenced not to talk about him,” Masango told delegates.
He said though this brought great relief it remains to be seen what it means for South Africa to have a man like him as deputy president.
He said Mpumalanga is a large rural area and although two decades have passed into democracy “but the people of Mpumalanga don’t know what this animal called freedom is”.
“Opportunities are not given to all but to the connected few members of the ANC. And even though some jobs are advertised but the preferred candidates are actually known and the interview is a mere formality,” Masango said.
He addressed delegates as the outgoing leader of the Mpumalanga DA.
On Friday, the Mpumalanga DA bid Masango, the seasoned leader who had served since 1994, a farewell party at the Graceland Casino.
This was proposed during a two-day meeting to Premier David Mabuza – the Premier’s Coordinating Forum meeting in Mbombela last week.
DD Mabuza’s spokesman, Zibonele Mncwango, said the proposal was made for the province to consider having at least two metros.
He said the first metropolitan municipality would be a combination of eMalahleni, Steve Tshwete, Victor Khanye and Emakhazeni.
He said the other metro would be “the consolidation of the city of Mbombela and Nkomazi municipalities” and that according to the proposal “another consolidation will be explored around Govan Mbeki as the neighbouring municipality [of eMalahleni municipality]”.
“This will eliminate unguided settlement growths – informal settlements resulting in rising costs of eradicating informal settlements, proper resettlement of communities, and the provision of basic services,” Mncwango added.
The only way to restore lost confidence in the ruling party is to takeinvestment to the people and empower them economically while theybuild their own communities, the Premier of Mpumalanga has said.
Premier David Mabuza was speaking to journalists on Saturday morning after he addressed the provincial executive committee lekgotla in Hazyview, that in person, he was concerned that tenders were awarded to contractors to build RDP homes for the poor and schools but community members were not going to eat the school or the house that has been built by the contractor.
He said the only way to make this a people’s project is to include them in the process of constructing their own communities by making them manufacturers of goods required during the process of building their own homes.
“When we were doing door-to-door campaign,” Mabuza said to the reporters, “it was very difficult to sleep and when youre coming to a family, a poor family, it was very difficult to say, ‘salani kahle (goodbye) when you leave, because when you look at them you don’t know where they are going to get their next meal, they are even shy to come and greet you, they think you see their poverty and most of these are young people and women and from all those families that we went to visit if you asked them ‘who is working here’, they would say, ‘no one is working,’ and you asked, ‘now, how do you survive?’, they would say, ‘eish no, we are receiving a grant for this child’ and this grant is R200.
“So, if you look at the margins and the amount given as a grant to build a house, an RDP house, Im thinking that if we can get our people to produce bricks. This is a government initiative, some to produce window frames, some to produce tiles, roofing and some to build, and all those people that are producing bricks we will pay them as government and buy the bricks from them and those that are producing door frames we buy door frames from them but these are initiatives of government, that we say, ‘go and produce bricks there’, because we are building 100 houses here, ‘go and produce frames there’, we are building here, et cetera and produce paving bricks because we want to pave this road and et cetera, and to involve our people. Our people must participate, so that we get more of our people economically active, when we are building a school there, we should source bricks from our community, it should be. There’s a bank, we guaranteed we are going to buy bricks from you because we are building a school.
“And that’s how really you can give work opportunities to community members. Not just to use them as labourers, they must also supply, Mabuza said.
He said in this way people can be helped “to deal with hunger” because people will be benefiting economically while they build their own communities.
But he said a proper way of achieving this would have to be found given that “it’s going to be a challenge to get government to focus on this because you have got a very big machinery that can go that way and that way but you need to push them from behind to do it and I think if we are really to restore the confidence that our people have on the ruling party we must do just that”.
“Quite enough I think we have created some businesspeople, SMEs we supported them but I think that we must include more of our people, said Mabuza.
Mabuza also said the he was looking at using the a similar approach on school feeding schemes. These programs were not meant for people to derive profit from, we must use them to empower our people he said
The African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga has wished its provincial leader, David Mabuza, many more years to come after he turned 56 on Thursday.
The ANC salutes and is grateful to Mabuza, it said in a statement released to all media houses on late Thursday morning.
Mabuza turned 56 on 25 August 2016 and was wished by the party he leads in the province that God, “the good Lord,” should shower him with “blessings and many more years [in order for Mabuza] to continue serving the people of Mpumalanga and South Africa,” the party said in the statement.
“Mabuza dedicated his life to the service of the people in Mpumalanga. We salute Mabuza for his continued commitment to the service of the people of Mpumalanga.
“The ANC and the people are grateful to Mabuza,” it said.
During the congress that elected the new provincial leadership of the ANCYL on 10 July this year, youth league president Collen Maine hinted Mabuza as the next deputy president of the ANC nationally, with this code, ‘DDM003DP’.
According to freelance journalist and political analyst Mandla Khoza, who attended the July congress, the code ‘DDM003DP’ is a code that is easy to decipher”. He said: “It should stand for ‘David Dabede [Mabuza], who is on third term as Mpumalanga chairperson should be elected Deputy President’. It is as simple as that”, Khoza wrote on his news site, the Afrikan Voice.
But the succession debate is not yet opened, the league said this week, saying Khoza took “everything said at the congress out of context”.
Mabuza’s province is seen as united by many, after he called a meeting with the disgruntled Save Mpumalanga ANC group, led by former provincial secretary Peter Nyoni, whose team, led by former provincial deputy chairman, David Dube, was defeated when Mabuza emerged in late last years provincial congress as the new chairman for a third term.
The Save ANC Mpumalanga group had been calling for Mabuzas head to roll as chairmanof the ANC in the province labelling him the Nkurunzinza of Mpumalanga, a term that likened him to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunzinza who also sought a third term in his tenure of office, as president, in last years elections.
“The unity was after an agreement with the issues raised [by Save ANCMpumalanga leaders] at the Alliance Summit” a source told 013NEWS on Thursday.
However another source in the eHlanzeni executive committee told 013NEWS that the call for Mabuza to emerge as the deputy president is actually a ploy to test the waters. He said that the actual plan is for Mabuza to emerge as the president of the ANC in the 2017 elective conference.
Chief has teams of people that have entered each province and have set up base there to begin the work of lobbying. Every province has an operational centre and the main centre is in Gauteng, he said.
The large resource pool displayed by Mabuza in these past elections, where members from Mpumalanga were deployed to KZN, Gauteng and as far as the Eastern Cape to assist those provinces with capacity to run elections, as well as Mpumalangas performance in the elections comparative to other provinces are strong indicators of how far Mabuzas sphere of influence may reach.
Mabuzas home region, eHlanzeni, is the second largest region [in terms of membership] in the country after eThekwini region.
“Mabuza committed his life to service the people of Mpumalanga and prosperity of our beloved province. We salute him for that”, the ANC said.
Last year Mabuza mysteriously fell ill while celebrating his birthday in Bushbuckridge in a week long celebration that saw him give away houses to the poor and sharing his birthday with elderly people in the province.
The ANC got 70% in 3 August 2016’s local government elections, a decline on its 78% 2011 victory.