NELSPRUIT: Eight candidates are vying for the province’s top position following Mabuza’s election as the ANC deputy president in December last year.
Mabuza was speaking to ANC members and supporters outside the Mpumalanga government complex in Riverside, describing Ndlovu as a “very humble man”.
“He is a humble man that can come into my shoes,” Mabuza said of Ndlovu.
He spoke on an ANC stage truck soon after he delivered the State of the Province Address (Sopa) as the Premier of the province, where he promised jobs for the unemployed.
“Comrade Mandla please treat the people of Mpumalanga good,” Mabuza pleaded.
“You must know that myself and the people of Mpumalanga have an unbroken bond. My love with the people of Mpumalanga will never end. So if you are mistreating them, you will be mistreating me and as a deputy president I will have to deal with you,” Mabuza said to laud applause from the crowd.
Ndlovu and seven others in the Mpumalanga province are racing for the ANC provincial chairmanship position after Mabuza, who was provincial chair, got elected as the national deputy leader at Nasrec on 18 December 2017, leaving the seat vacant.
Also Violet Siwela, who was Mabuza’s deputy and Candith Mashego-Dlamini, a PEC member, got elected to serve as additional members of the NEC.
Ndlovu’s supporters want him as chair, Speedy Mashilo as deputy chair, Pat Ngomane as secretary and Desmond Moela as an additional member of the PEC.