Mabuza wary of NDZ, says Wits expert

She says his biggest worry is to deputise Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Wits School of Governance Professor Susan Booysen says Premier David Mabuza is wary of deputising Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma should the Premier League take over in December 2017.

Booysen said she learnt through sources inside the ANC that Mabuza fears that Dlamini-Zuma may want him to remain in Luthuli House.

Booysen was speaking to 013NEWS on the sidelines of the ANC National Policy Conference in Nasrec, Soweto on Tuesday.

“Sources that speak to me within the ANC say he is concerned that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma might want to deploy him at Luthuli House once they have won an election and he, according to my sources, would really like to be in national government,” she said.

“And that is why he is now playing and negotiating with the opposing side, the Cyril Ramaphosa one, to see whether that would probably bring him a better position,” Booysen said.

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Others have said the cracks in the Premier League are also due to a multi-billion rand tender awarded to Mabuza’s friend Robert Gumede that Dlamini-Zuma cancelled while she was still home affairs minister in 2010.

Meanwhile, there are also reports that Mabuza has been part of caucuses convened by all provincial chairpersons and secretaries of the ANC three times since this year began and in them they are discussing how the leadership top six should look like in order to find “a more united way of handling this matter” than contesting each other.

These discussions may see deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma serve in the ANC top 6 but who will be president is still unclear.

Mpumalanga ANCYL leader Tim Mashele says Mabuza has been consistent that he wants unity in the ANC “more than anything else”.

He said the ANC electoral decline in the past 10 years means that even if one slate wins but the ANC loses as a result of disunity perpetuated by contestation.

Delivering his closing remarks on the last day of conference, ANC president Jacob Zuma urged delegates to reimagine a new way in which they would elect new leadership at the upcoming elective congress, emphasising that the ANC must be the winner not factions.

In his hour long speech Zuma said he believed the ANC should get rid of factions now as they had become so deeply entrenched that it sometimes it looked as if there were two organisations in one.

He urged delegates to continue to discuss and find solutions on how they would agree on the party’s new leadership in December instead of contesting one another.

(edited by MLM)

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