By Siboniso Mawandla
In a not so surprising endorsement from both the young and old wings of the African National Congress (ANC), the ANC Youth League (YL) and uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), are both backing Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed President Jacob Zuma.
Both revealed their preferred ANC top six as the elective congress draw closer. In December, the ANC will hold a much anticipated elective congress to replace President Zuma – who is expected to step down. The ANCYL held its own extended National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting two weeks ago where they announced their preferred candidates. Subsequently after the ANCYL extended NEC, the MKMVA elected its president unopposed, Kebby Maphastoe, who also announced that they will rally behind Dlamini-Zuma.
Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza is the MKMVA’s preferred deputy president of the ANC‚ with Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa as national chairperson‚ Free State premier Ace Magashule as secretary general‚ current deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte to remain in her position and Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to be the next treasurer general.
According to the timeslive, Maphatsoe is reportedly to have said: “We believe that the former chairperson of the AU (African Union) and minister in various capacities‚ cadre Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be suitable as the future president of the ANC. Cadre Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is a tried and tested member of the ANC who served the ANC in various capacities and excelled wherever she was deployed‚” said Maphatsoe.
When asked about the dropping of Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula as the party’s second secretary general Maphatsoe denied ever backing Mbalula to be in the top six.
However‚ he said Mbalula was a credible leader and has leadership qualities.
Last week Mbalula threw his weight behind Gauteng premier David Makhura to be Mbalula also tweeted that Magashule was a “definite no no” and would further tear the ANC apart.
The youth league has also weigh on the Mbalula’s tweet. KZN ANCYL provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabela posted on his Facebook after Mbalula’s tweet that: “They say [Age Magashule] will kill the ANC but the ANC in his province which he has led since the unbanning continue to win.
“They want us to support [Makhura] who the ANC in his Province (sic) which his leading on its knees,” said Sabela.
He went on to call Mbalula’s tweet of having ‘contradiction’.