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 says he is shocked that those who are campaigning for CR17 are now using his name to confuse and create problems in the region.
Nkangala ANC chairman Speedy Mashilo has reacted to weekend reports that he is someone who supports Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the ANC presidency.
An emotional Mashilo spoke to 013NEWS on Monday afternoon.
He said he saw the TimesLive report on Monday mid-day and was shocked that those “who want to campaign for a particular view” are dragging his name in the mud.
“That’s utter nonsense,” he said of the report.
“Literally nonsense,” Mashilo said.
He said this was a “direct campaign for CR17 at my expense. Where do they get this thing that I support CR17? Why didn’t they phone and ask me for comment?” Mashilo said.
The TimesLive reported on Sunday that some quarters of ANC branches in the region are angry that Mashilo lives in Gauteng while serving in Mpumalanga and were calling for an early conference for him to be removed as the chairman of the ANC in the Mpumalanga region of Nkangala.
Mashilo was re-elected four months ago as the leader of Mpumalanga’s economic hub.
The paper quotes an ANC branch leader who says Mashilo is secretly a CR17 supporter and is part of a cabal destabilising the region to boost support for CR17. It adds he has ambition of being Mpumalanga Premier should Ramaphosa win in December.
The paper said the ANC provincial executive committee is due to meet this week where the removal of Mashilo as chairman of the ANC in Nkangala will be discussed.
Not only those military veterans who served in uMkhonto we Sizwe but also those who served in the PAC’s People’s Liberation Army (APLA) as well as those who served in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).
Nkangala ANC chairman Speedy Mashilo says the provincial department of human settlement will hand over houses to military veterans.
“The ANC had acquired liberation through the effort of Umkhonto weSizwe comrades,” Mashilo told a news agency on the sidelines of the elective congress that re-elected him to serve as chairman for yet another term.
“As we enjoy the fruits of freedom, the majority of them today are unemployed, homeless and facing abject poverty,” Mashilo said.
He said these houses will be handed over to the military veterans on Thursday (15 Jun) by the provincial human settlement department.
With just a few months left to the 54th elective congress, it means David Mabuza will arrive with a united province at the Nasrec Showgrounds when Africa’s oldest liberation movement meets for its five-yearly elective conference in December.
The results of the ANC regional congresses in the Mpumalanga province mean that the ANC in Mpumalanga is united, delegates have said.
Delegates who spoke to 013NEWS on Friday and Saturday said they are united behind the elected leadership.
Nkangala ANC chairman Speedy Mashilo, Gert Sibande’s Muzi Chirwa, Bohlabela’s Gillion Mashigo and eHlanzeni’s Ngrayi Ngwenya were all re-elected unopposed at congresses that sat over the weekend.
Mpumalanga wants provincial leader David Mabuza to be the deputy president when the ANC holds its 54th national congress in December 2017.
But achieving this required that Mabuza’s allies be elected to lead the four regions of Mpumalanga.
In his political report on Friday morning, Chirwa thanked Mabuza for his call for unity in the ANC “in dealing with the leadership question”.
“We acknowledge that we have made this call for organisational unity to help the ANC out of the challenges that are associated with the intense leadership contestation,” he said.
Ex-AU chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma may become the next president of the ANC on a slate opposed to deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid for the party’s number one job.
She will be deputised by Mabuza while Free State ANC chairman Ace Magashule is pushed to be secretary-general.
ANC Gert Sibande chairman Muzi Chirwa
The ANCYL wants the position of 2nd deputy secretary-general created for police minister Fikile Mbalula. Here, Jessie Duarte will be 1st deputy secretary and Mbalula the 2nd.
ANCYL provincial leader Tim Mashele was elected into the regional executive committee of the ANC in the Bohlabela region, his deputy Trevor Nkosi elected into the Gert Sibande ANC REC.
Nkangala ANCYL leader Mduduzi Nkosi was also elected into the Nkangala ANC REC.
Gert Sibande ANYCL chairman Trevor Nkosi.
All the top 5 in all four regions were re-elected, except in Bohlabela where Ruth Raganya took over from Steve Maunye as the deputy chairwoman of the region.
Gijimani Skhosana, who was being lobbied to take over from Mashilo, was elected into Nkangala ANC REC as an additional member.
Mpumalanga ANC secretary Mandla Ndlovu said the conferences were a success and told delegates at the Nutting House Lodge in Mbombela that as Mpumalanga they support Mabuza to be elected into the national top 6.
“Our position is that he should be deputy president, we have not yet pronounced on who should be president,” he said.
The provincial executive committee member addressed the regional general council.
Mpumalanga ANC treasurer Vusi Shongwe has appealed for unity, saying the time of congresses divides the ANC.
He said “conferences cause disorder” and they have accepted that as a “norm”.
Shongwe was addressing the special regional general council of the ANC in Nkangala on Saturday morning (25 Mar).
“I want all of you you here to go back in your branches and be ambassadors of unity,” he told delegates at the Banquet hall in Middelburg.
“And don’t allow your leaders to use you for their own agendas,” said Shongwe.
He said members who didn’t have money or power found themselves being used by those with money or power to achieve their own interests.
He also warned against greediness, saying the other way to stay united is to avoid being greedy.
“In order for us to be united we must try to not be greedy, we must know that there are comrades who are volunteers who get absolutely nothing in return for the love of the movement,” he said.
“ANC is not divided by ordinary members, it is divided by us the leaders of upper structures and deployees, it is us who think we know better,” Shongwe said, adding that should stop.
The ANC in the Nkangala region is expected to retain the current leadership as a way of forging ‘unity’.
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This campaign, called ‘maintaining the status quo’, is expected to elected current chairman Speedy Mashilo for a third term and Leah Khoza for a second term but another faction opposed to this wants change, saying the main faction’s call for unity is biased.
A source in the regional executive committee said that although the campaign seeks to maintain the status quo it does not mean that the positions of deputies wouldn’t be contested. “What we are looking at are key leaders, we want to retain the chairperson and and secretary and at the same time bring in young leaders into the fold as the chairperson has said”
The ANCYL in the province has been lobbying provincial leader David Mabuza for a forty-percent inclusion of young people into strategic positions in the party and in government for the past two years.
However one other faction has been lobbying for an outright leadership change and a take over of young people. It wants JS Moroka mayor Gijimani Skhosana to emerge as the new chairman when the region goes to its elective conference in May 2017.