African National Congress (ANC) Mpumalanga remains mum on its preferred candidate to lead the ANC in the upcoming elective conference in December. This week, the party is set to hold its Provincial General Council (PGC) where they are expected to make the much anticipated pronouncement.
It is widely expected that ANC chairperson in the province, Mr David Mabuza will give Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma the thumbs-up to go lead the ANC as its first female president.
The party in the province confirmed on Friday that preparations are afoot for the meeting but says is not a PGC but a Provincial Consultative Conference (PCC) and will take place this Friday.
The purpose is to consolidate the nominations that took place during the recent branch general meetings. The province will take a position on the candidates who received most nominations during the branch nomination meetings.
The PCC is set to be addressed by Mr Mabuza – a close ally to the current ANC president, Mr Jacob Zuma. It will therefore proceed to make pronouncement on who it supports.
The Republic Mail has been reliably told that the province will back Dr Dlamini-Zuma, whose slate features Mr Mabuza as deputy president.
A week ago, Mpumalanga – a province previously thought to be not supporting Dr Dlamini-Zuma – demonstrated to the country how prepared they are now to back her, hosting her during a rally organised by ANCWL in KwaMhlanga.
The ANC provincial secretary, Mr Mandla Ndlovu refused to be drawn into the issue. He said “they don’t talk about which position they will take before the meeting sits. It will be a meeting to consolidate nominations,” he said.
During BGMs, regional leaders were apparently instructed by Mr Mabuza to influence branches to not put anybody’s name on the nomination forms in favour of unity.
But now this has been exposed to have had been a ruse by Dr Dlamini-Zuma’s camp to block the Mr Cyril Ramaphosa’s slate from getting nominations in the branches.
Dr Dlamini-Zuma will go up against Mr Ramaphosa in the ANC elective conference next month.