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Battle for top ANC job

By Alex Matlala - | 2012-04-03 06:33:21.0 | COMMENTS [ 32 ]

THE outcome of the coming ANC elective conferences in Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga will have a bearing on the balance of forces going to the organisation's conference in Mangaung.

Mpumalanga will be in the spotlight this weekend when provincial chairman and premier David Mabuza battles it out for the province's top position against health MEC Clifford Mkansi.

The election is expected to be hotly contested given Mkansi's track-record.

He is a former secretary of the award-winning Sondelani branch at Thulamahashe outside Bushbuckridge.

Mabuza, on the other hand, has received overwhelming support during the ANC regional conferences.

"It must be borne in mind that the province's four regions have all put their weight behind Mabuza during regional conferences.

"But his re-election as provincial chairman could be difficult because Cosatu, the ANC Youth League and the SACP have already voiced their disapproval of him as leader," said a provincial executive committee member who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A win by Mabuza - a known Zuma ally - will be an indication of how the province will vote in Mangaung.

The conference will be held at Nelspruit's Mbombela Stadium between Thursday and Sunday.

The other three provinces that are yet to go to their elective conferences include Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape.

This has to happen before the end of May following an instruction from the ANC national executive committee that all provinces must have had their conferences before the party's policy conference in June.

ANC spokesman Keith Khoza said: "Part of the directive was that all provinces must have completed their audits before June except for Limpopo and North West, which had their conferences last year."

Free State province's branches go to branch general meetings (BGM) this week.

"The party caucus this weekend decided to officially open nominations today where premier Ace Magashule's contender, if any, is poised to emerge," said ANC provincial spokesman William Bulwane.

Free State will hold its elective between May 25 and 27.

Independent political analyst Elvis Masoga yesterday said current developments favoured President Jacob Zuma to retain his position as party leader.

"It is a known fact that the four provinces have leaders who are known Zuma supporters. "It is only Limpopo and Northern Cape which are known to be 100% against Zuma.

"North West and Gauteng are divided while Western Cape was unpredictable.

"Remember, Zuma was recently booed by members of the youth league during his visit to the province," added Masoga yesterday.


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What's the point? The one ANC cadre is just as corrupt as the next and just as incompetent. They're just chasing after the money, fast black cars and glory.

The ANC is morallay and intellectually bankrupt. They have nothing to offer SA having been driven into a state of ineffective limbo by their alliance partner's, their own uselessness and teh massive infighting that renders them all inwardly focussed.

A vote for the ANC is a vote for a failed state.

2012-04-03 06:45:16.0 | 0 replies

With mabuza i only see the face of terror and death Clifford Mkansi must watch his moves

2012-04-03 08:42:43.0 | 0 replies

Bayeke babulalane oshaka bodwa

2012-04-03 08:46:48.0 | 0 replies


for sure , me too I will rather remain with the devil I know than Kgalema who will be manipulated by these thugs called Malema and Mathale for Deputy we go for Cyril finish and klaar

2012-04-03 08:48:09.0 | 0 replies

Gautengers must never forget to vote DA, we must remove ANC because they show dictatory tendencies. We must show them who is ruling, ke a tseba bari tsa mahaeng will always vote ANC regardless, but all kasi people must vote ANC out of Gauteng.

2012-04-03 09:04:08.0 | 0 replies

Let the ANC go down. You can' t save it. Come 2014 people will see a decline in the ANC voters. Vote for with Marijuana and witness how power is abused.

2012-04-03 09:04:38.0 | 0 replies

Viva all Zuma supporters viva. Mr Mkansi remove the Malema blanket. You are leading the province nowhere. Viva Mabuza Viva.

2012-04-03 09:40:02.0 | 0 replies

I just wonder why they want to bring Zuma back, is it because they loot easy under his watch?

2012-04-03 11:00:02.0 | 0 replies

Ke ditjhelete tsaka banna, saba bona balwana so.

2012-04-03 11:38:59.0 | 0 replies

Phuma DD it's enough.

2012-04-03 12:19:51.0 | 0 replies

DD the corrupt giant of Mpumalanga, he must go,
Bushbuckridge water board must also go, their fair to supply water lamashangane lawa,

2012-04-03 12:30:12.0 | 0 replies