Mpumalanga ANC spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini has the highest number of branch nominations to go to the 30-seat Mpumalanga legislature.
Neither Nkosazana nor Cyril will be a solution to the struggle of the working class.
A leader of the young communist league in the Mpumalanga region has a view critical of Cosatu and the SACP’s endorsement of deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, saying he doesn’t see how this will assist workers.
Ayanda Mashaba, YCL secretary in the Gert Sibande region, says he still wants comrades from Cosatu to explain to him how Ramaphosa’s administration will assist workers.
“I still don’t understand this call by working class formations,” he said.
“My view still stands Cyril is not a friend of the working class,” he said.
“What is it that the working class stands to benefit in the leadership of Cyril comrades,” Mashaba asked his friends on Facebook.
“We can’t commit the same mistake we committed in 2007,” he said.
He said neither will Dlamini-Zuma help workers.
Mashaba’s view on Ramaphosa differs completely from that of national structure, especially from that of national leader Mluleki Dlelanga who wants Ramaphosa to take over as the ANC’s next president.
Cosatu wants Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma in December 2017. This call is backed by the SACP and has always been a call supported by the YCL, with Dlelanga saying this was a “resolution, not a secret, we prefer Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the ANC”.
The alliance partners believe Ramaphosa is the one who can unite the ANC, restore its dignity as well as end rampant corruption and looting of state owned enterprises.
They reject Dlamini-Zuma, saying the woman will be the puppet of Zuma and his Gupta friends.
Relations between Zuma and the SACP and Cosatu have worsened over the past months. Both alliance partners want Zuma to step down as both South African and ANC president.
Zuma was not allowed to speak at the SACP’s national elective congress in July 2017 in Boksburg, Gauteng. Ramaphosa spoke instead.
The president was booed in May this year when he came to a Cosatu rally in Free State.
The SACP took a resolution to contest the ballot independently of the ANC at its 14th congress but said this will occur once proper consultations have been made with Cosatu.
(edited by ZK)
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