NELSPRUIT: Ndlovu was addressing ANCYL Nelson Mandela memorial lecture in eMalahleni where he looked at the history of the late ANC iconic leader.
According to 013 news website, Mpumalanga ANC acting chairman Mandla Ndlovu has warned those who are calling African National Congress (ANC) deputy president David ‘DD’ Mabuza a sell-out to stop it, saying as Mpumalanga they will not allow it.
He was speaking at the eMalahleni town hall on Sunday afternoon during a Nelson Mandela memorial lecture.
He said as Mpumalanga they will definitely protect Mabuza and will not allow anybody to refer to him as “a sell-out”.
This comes after ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule led a song while addressing ANC members in KZN about a “sell-out who has been selling out the movement for a very long time”.
“Comrade DD is not a step-child in this province,” Ndlovu said to a loud applause from members of the ANCYL.
“People must stop blaming Mpumalanga and saying comrade DD sold out. We are going to protect him.
“Everywhere they are addressing meetings they will not conclude without calling him a sell-out. No. They must just accept the outcomes of the conference,” Ndlovu said.
Mabuza was elected as the ANC deputy president in Nasrec, Johannesburg where ANC and new elected country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa was elected after defeating former ANC and country’s president, Jacob Zuma’s backed candidate, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Leading to the ANC 54th conference, Mabuza was believed to be backing Dlamini-Zuma but opted for unity which was viewed by Dlamini-Zuma’s supporters as selling out on Ramaphosa.
The Nelson Mandela memorial lecture at the eMalahleni hall was organised by the ANCYL in Mpumalanga where ANCYL deputy president Desmond Moela also addressing as well as Mpumalanga ANCYL chair Tim Mashele.
Ndlovu, who is vying to replace Mabuza, described Mandela as somebody who was a fearless and who “refused to devalue his principles”.
“Comrade Mandela was courageous and fearless and was able to speak his mind.
“I saw many people they would talk to please us but comrade Mandela was not scared to speak what was in his mind,” Ndlovu said.
“He did not allow the system to calm down his thinking. He did not concentrate on his concerns but on the bigger dreams, even if this came at a huge price,” he added.