ANCYL blocks inclusion of Nomvula Mokonyane on Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma top six leadership slate

Premier Nomvula Mokonyane
Premier Nomvula Mokonyane

The ANC Youth League has rejected the inclusion of Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma top six leadership slate.

This happens after Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa caused a stir among his lobbyists at the weekend when he named Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor as part of his slate.

Ramaphosa announced that Pandor will contest the position of ANC deputy president at the party's elective conference in December.

Yesterday, Pandor's office confirmed that the minister has agreed to be Ramaphosa's running mate, pending branch nomination.

Sowetan understands that in the Ramaphosa campaign there are three views, with some lobbyists supporting Lindiwe Sisulu, Zweli Mkhize or Pandor to deputise him.

The ANCYL, which wants Dlamini-Zuma to succeed President Jacob Zuma, met over the weekend in Ekurhuleni to discuss nominations.

Mokonyane is one of Zuma's trusted allies.

An ANCYL provincial leader told Sowetan yesterday that the meeting felt that other provinces should be represented in the ANC top six hence the exclusion of Mokonyane.

ANCYL national spokesman Mlondi Mkhize confirmed that Mokonyane was not nominated for the ANC treasurer-general position.

"We did not nominate her because our position has not changed. Even if she wanted to be the TG (treasurer-general) we decided not to nominate her. We feel that she must be an ANC NEC member."

Their list further punts Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza as deputy president.

Meanwhile ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has slammed those making pronouncements about who should be in the party's top six.

"The ANC calls on all its leaders and members to desist from the practice of pronouncing on and circulating slates which may be seen to undermine the branches inalienable right to select candidates best placed to implement the national democratic revolution," Mantashe said.

A Ramaphosa campaigner said it was wrong of him to speak about a slate because they were promoting unity.

He questioned who would nominate Pandor when most branches were already nominating Sisulu to be deputy while some branches were nominating Mkhize.

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