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South Africa – Captura Continua: Will the Guptas determine the ANC succession race?

Daily Maverick (South Africa)

    • Ranjeni Munusamy
      ranjeni munusami BW

 

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Three weeks after the Guptas’ private email correspondence began cascading into the public domain, revealing the depth of the capture of the South African state, we are yet to see outrage and a fightback from the ANC. The party elected to govern by South African people, but now essentially cuckolded by the Guptas, has shown it is powerless against the family. The Guptas appear to be still pushing buttons behind the scenes and their main focus is to ensure that they stack the deck at the ANC’s 54th national conference, mostly to secure their new Number One. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY. 20

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has publicly accepted nomination for the position of ANC president, making her the first woman in the history of the 105-year-old organisation to contest the top leadership post. But far from this being a notable moment in history, it is the occasion for despair. Dlamini-Zuma has, without reservation, consented to becoming top of the ticket sponsored by the Gupta family. 31

Up to this point, one could still give Dlamini-Zuma the benefit of the doubt that she was simply riding the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) wave and would distinguish herself from the Gupta herd. But last week the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) announced its leadership slate, the first ANC structure to do so formally. 27

“Comrade Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the president of the ANC, comrade David Mabuza as the deputy president of the ANC, Comrade Ace Magashule as the secretary general of the ANC, Comrade Nathi Mthethwa as the national chair of the ANC, DSG for monitoring and evaluation Comrade Jessie Duarte, DSG for organising and campaigns Comrade Fikile Mbalula and the treasurer general Comrade Maite Nkoana-Mashabane,” ANCYL secretary general Njabulo Nzuza announced at a media briefing following their national executive committee meeting. 29

The ANCWL’s endorsement of Dlamini-Zuma and declaration that it wanted more women in the top leadership of the party at least had the veneer of punting the gender ticket. There was no such effort by the ANCYL. Mbalula, a former ANCYL president, was nominated for a position that does not even exist constitutionally in the ANC. Besides, Mbalula is now 46 years old and can hardly qualify as a “youthful” candidate in the leadership race. The second youngest person on the ANCYL slate is Mthethwa, who at 50 years old is hardly a spring chicken himself. 24

So what is the Youth League up to? And why is Dlamini-Zuma such a willing participant in this agenda? 7

In January ANCYL president Collen Maine indicated that their choice of presidential candidate would send “shockwaves” throughout the ruling party. 12

“These candidates who have been mentioned are part of the system. They have been part of the system we want to change. We need bold leadership. We need a second revolution that will cause ruptures in the economy,” Maine told Reuters back then. 36

Either Maine overestimated the impact of their endorsement of Dlamini-Zuma or their hand was forced to change the “shockwave” candidate they had in mind. There was also talk a few months ago that the ANCYL slate would include Malusi Gigaba, now the finance minister, and Mbalula, for top posts. Clearly that did not materialise. 19

The #GuptaLeaks exposed that Maine was being scripted by the family’s PR firm Bell Pottinger to further their manufactured white monopoly capital narrative. 29

So what else are Maine and his organisation doing on behalf of the Guptas? 19

Since the release of their emails, there have been no public moves by the Guptas. They have gone to ground and not responded publicly to any of the revelations against them. Clearly the family does not believe their ecosystem has been significantly disturbed by the revelations or the reaction to them. 25

While Gigaba and his public enterprises counterpart Lynne Brown are floundering to keep their heads above water, the people who should be most affected by the leak of the tranche of emails are manoeuvring from their place of seclusion. They are doing what they do best – arranging the political playing field to protect themselves and advance the interests of their business empire. 37

There are two positions in the ANC leadership that the Guptas need in particular to keep their project on track: president and secretary general. The ANCYL slate stitches that up for them. 21

President Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane have been worthwhile investments for the family – both performing as lead marionettes in the Gupta extravaganza. But when Zuma ceases to be ANC president, his power diminishes and he would become a lame duck in the state. Duduzane will then be expendable – unless he is able to act as middleman to the successor as well. 19

Enter Dlamini-Zuma, his stepmother and willing advocate of the “radical economic transformation” narrative that Duduzane and Bell Pottinger conjured up. 26

There have been many moments in the chaos of this year when the former African Union Commission chairperson could have distanced herself from the chaos of the Zuma presidency. If hers was to be a clean, capture-free presidency, the most obvious move would have been to put fresh air between herself from Zuma’s disastrous midnight Cabinet reshuffle. After all, as a potential president, Dlamini-Zuma would inherit the consequences of that suicidal move – a downgraded and junked economy. Surely it would make sense to separate herself from that mess. 32

It would also have been logical for Dlamini-Zuma to distance herself from the stench of the Gupta emails, especially considering they had nothing to do with her. The campaign of her main competitor, Cyril Ramaphosa, has been significantly strengthened by him speaking out against state capture and repeatedly calling for a judicial commission of inquiry into the mounting allegations. Ramaphosa’s campaign has morphed into an anti-corruption ticket basically by him stating the obvious: a full-scale, credible investigation is required. 30

But Dlamini-Zuma is doing no such thing. She is not making any effort to separate herself from the capture contagion. Clearly it serves her agenda. 41

The secretary general position is essential to control the functioning of the ANC. While the Guptas might not have captured Gwede Mantashe, his erraticism and volatility did not do much to protect the ANC from their influence. But the Guptas did have a handy insider in the office of the ANC secretary general in the form of Mantashe’s deputy, Jessie Duarte. She is entangled in their network and also exposed as talking to their script. 32

The Guptas are now looking to seize control of the office of the secretary general entirely. Free State Premier Ace Magashule is the candidate who will deliver the ANC in its entirety to the family. 34

Magashule has already been a handy asset for the Guptas, delivering massive provincial deals and feeding their media entities through the provincial coffers. His sons, Tshepiso and Thato, were exposed in the emails as having been ensnared in the Gupta network for some time. Magashule clearly has ambitions and a higher calling now. 33

Opposition to his candidacy came from a surprise source in the past few days. Mbalula indulged in a spontaneous Twitter blast in which he recommended Gauteng Premier David Makhura for the position of secretary general. 25

“Ace Magashule a definite no no no the man will finish what is remaining of our movement he will kill it inffect #Thinkingaloudbeyond,” Mbalula tweeted. This was followed by: “Ancyl let’s rally behind David Makhura as a replacement to Gweede Mantashe #ThinkingBeyondFactions”. 12

Mbalula reaffirmed his sentiments to the Sunday Times, saying he had nothing against Magashule personally but believed the secretary general position was essential to the ANC’s survival. 16

“The office of the SG comes with a lot of integrity. It must not take sides and annihilate people and run comrades to the ground,” said Mbalula. Clearly the police minister does not think too highly of the candidate nominated by the ANCYL. But Mbalula’s tweets do open the debate beyond the Gupta-endorsed slate and the faction rallying behind Ramaphosa. 12

This weekend, Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile threw his weight behind Ramaphosa, saying he could protect the country from all forms of capture. He told the ANC’s West Rand regional general council that the ANC did not need cowards who would put the country up for sale. He also dispelled the debate over a woman president, saying the ANC needed a capable leader of whichever gender. 28

While Mashatile’s endorsement is indicative that Gauteng is likely to rally behind Ramaphosa, the province might be disorientated if there are more calls for Makhura to be deployed as a consensus candidate for secretary general. Gauteng is resolved that Mashatile should occupy one of the top six posts and has been negotiating with other provinces in this regard. 13

But all the debates and negotiations around succession might come to nothing if the ANC remains powerless to the interference of the Guptas in its processes. The infusion of dirty money to influence the votes of branch delegates has been a successful lobbying tactic in the past and will no doubt be used again. The Guptas have sufficient resources to splurge on this project, particularly as they have a massive vested interest in the outcome of the leadership elections. 28

Buying off a president has turned out to be a boon for the Guptas. Even though the state capture edifice is cracking, the Guptas know that capturing the top leadership of the ANC in December will allow them to regain their foothold and have unrestricted access to the state machinery and resources. 31

There is nothing to indicate that the ANC has the ability or willingness to stop them. The party has six months to fight off the biggest demon since apartheid – or be conquered by it. DM

  • Ranjeni Munusamy is a survivor of the Salem witch trials and has the scars to show it. She has a substantial collection of tattered t-shirts from having “been there and done it” – from government, the Zuma trials, spin-doctoring and upsetting the applecart in South African newsrooms. Following a rather unexciting exorcism ceremony, she traded her femme-fatale gear for a Macbook and a packet of Liquorice Allsorts. Her graduation Cum Laude from the School of Hard Knocks means she knows a thing or two about telling the South African story.

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South Africa – Dlamini-Zuma calls on supporters to lobby harder for her

News24

2017-06-16 10:24

Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma addressing members of ANC during Peter Mokaba memorial lecture in Polokwane . (Chester Makana,News24)

Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma addressing members of ANC during Peter Mokaba memorial lecture in Polokwane . (Chester Makana,News24)

 

Polokwane – ANC presidential race contender Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma asked her backers to accelerate lobbying in the party’s branches and ensure she win in December.

Dlamini-Zuma made the appeal during the Peter Mokaba memorial lecture at Polokwane’s Jack Bores municipal hall on Thursday evening.

She told ANC Youth League president Collen Maine and her supporters that they must work hard and recruit branches to endorse her.

“I have spent my life dedicated to the ANC, and there is no way I can turn down the nomination. But you have to work towards it so that the branches share that view,” said Dlamini-Zuma.

The Youth League used the memorial lecture to parade the former African Union leader as presidential material to the people of Limpopo.

Maine told hundreds of ANC supporters that the national executive committee of the ANCYL has resolved to support Dlamini-Zuma.

He claimed it was not an easy decision, saying the league had to deliberate and concluded that they would rally behind Dlamini-Zuma.

The league also made it clear that it does not want to see current ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe retaining his position.  Instead Maine said current Free State chairperson Ace Magashule is their preferred candidate.

“The secretary general will be Ace Magashule, and we don’t believe that he will kill the ANC,” said Maine.

Tripartite alliance divided

The league has garnered controversy after its alleged association with the Gupta family, who are fingered in the Public Protector’s State of Capture report, and in the subsequent leaked Gupta emails.

The ANC’s upcoming December elective conference has left the tripartite alliance divided and worsened the leadership crisis as Cosatu and the SACP have both thrown their weight behind deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to become next ANC president.

Addressing ANC supporters, Dlamini-Zuma described Peter Mokaba as the leader who was dedicated to the party mandate and its values.

She said the current generation of youth must strive to emulate Mokaba, and he had urged his peers to learn as theory needed corrective practice, she said.

“The youth league during Mokaba time – when the ANC was saying the country must be ungovernable -they had [a] programme to clean up, and participated in [the] education charter campaign.

“Our youth must utilize the political space created by Mokaba and his generation to pursue [the] agenda of economic development.

“We have political power [but] we don’t have economic power. Economic power is not yet achieved, [and] without economic freedom will not arrive where we want to arrive.”

South Africa – Dlamini-Zuma

City Press

2017-05-07 06:01

Gwede Mantashe. (Netwerk24, file)

Gwede Mantashe. (Netwerk24, file)

Presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s lobbyists, who are furiously shopping for candidates for her list, have been hoping to woo current ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe to be her deputy.

So far, only Free State premier and provincial chairperson Ace Magashule has a confirmed position on Dlamini-Zuma’s list – as secretary-general. The Dlamini-Zuma camp wants to consolidate a “unity” ballot that they hope will be more appealing than the lists of other presidential candidates.

City Press understands that KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala and some of his lieutenants met Mantashe as recently as two weeks ago to try to persuade him to join their camp. But Mantashe, whose home province is the Eastern Cape, and who’d rather be deputy president on the Cyril Ramaphosa ticket, is believed to have turned them down. Mantashe is apparently wary of serving with Magashule, whose monarchial leadership style and proximity to the Gupta family are sources for concern.

Zikalala confirmed the talks with Mantashe, but said engagements between the two were “in the context of consultation that will inform formal discussion once the official [lobbying] process starts”.

Responding to City Press’ information that Mantashe had turned them down, Zikalala said: “If you are saying he declined, that is great.”

Mantashe told City Press the engagement did not necessarily amount to “bargaining” for positions, but was merely “looking at various permutations”. “There is no bargaining, [but] comrades are engaging one another,” he said.

An ANC leader in KwaZulu-Natal’s eThekwini region said that some regional leaders and Zikalala had met with Mantashe ahead of his visit to the Ukhahlamba region for the OR Tambo Memorial Lecture in Wembezi township, Estcourt. The leader said Mantashe had then agreed to stand as deputy to Dlamini-Zuma.

“He gave the proposal the green light. I’m surprised to hear now that he turned it down.”

The source said “the negotiating principle in our drive has been the issue of how to unify and bring people on board [and] that was why we spoke to the secretary-general”.

“The Eastern Cape agrees, KwaZulu-Natal agrees and the Free State agrees. I wouldn’t know yet about Mpumalanga and North West, but there is an acceptance of him for that reason.”

Zikalala said he had had numerous engagements with Mantashe in his capacity as secretary-general of the ANC. “My view has always been about persuading comrades on the question of unity and that all comrades must come together and unite and then focus on that unity,” he said.

“Our key strategic approach towards the national conference is around unity, uncompromisingly advancing radical economic transformation and rooting out factionalism and corruption.”

City Press heard that, so far, the Dlamini-Zuma camp only had two names on her slate.

“Three weeks ago, [President Jacob Zuma] agreed in a meeting that it is Nkosazana and Ace,” said a Zuma inner-circle source.

“They have to go out and find other people,” he said. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, himself bidding for the top job, is also being considered as a potential deputy for Dlamini-Zuma. However, the proposal prompted questions around the desirability of having both the party president and deputy coming from the same province.

“But the counter-argument was that the ANC is a unitary organisation and it is not defined by provinces,” he said.

The Dlamini-Zuma camp is also being driven by the need for someone who legitimises her campaign in the same way that Ramaphosa did for Zuma’s 2012 campaign at the Mangaung national conference.

A KwaZulu-Natal ANC Youth League insider said the overwhelming sentiment in the camp was for Dlamini-Zuma to be president and Magashule to be secretary-general. However, he said the league in KwaZulu-Natal preferred Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa as secretary-general.

The Mpumalanga chapter of the league is steadfast on ANC provincial chairperson and Premier David Mabuza becoming the deputy president.

Mabuza, who was once at the centre of the pro-Dlamini-Zuma “premier league”, is now playing hard to get and is dangling the Mpumalanga block vote in front of Ramaphosa’s campaigners.

The youth league leader said Zikalala’s group wanted unity in order to avoid a bruising contest in December.

Despite the KwaZulu-Natal provincial leadership being clear on its support for Dlamini-Zuma, combined with the president’s endorsement of his ex-wife, her campaign is stuttering at grassroots level.

Up until now, all regions in KwaZulu-Natal have been silent on their positions. Even Zuma’s own region – Musa Dladla in the north of the province – has not backed her.

Zikalala is said to be in a Catch-22 situation because he was groomed by ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, who is also being pushed as a potential deputy presidential candidate on the Ramaphosa ticket.

On the other side, Zikalala is indebted to Zuma, who strongly backed him in the run-up to the controversial provincial conference in 2015 and in the subsequent dispute over its legitimacy.

The fact that Mkhize and Dlamini-Zuma come from the same province also makes the chance of them running together slim.

A KwaZulu-Natal leader said Mkhize sometimes visited the regions and reminded people of his role in “building” them when he was still in the province and that “he knows their secrets”.

“So, everybody is sitting on the edge of their seats because they do not know which side they must take. They are scared of Zuma and they are scared of Mkhize.

That is why they are pushing for unity. It is not genuine. It is because they are unable to choose between the two,” he said.

North West ANC Youth League secretary Sipho Dial said its position was to respect that the succession debate was yet to be declared open, but they would like to see someone such as provincial ANC chairperson Supra Mahumapelo serving as national chairperson.

“We want that energy he has, the passion he has and the experience he has gained given his time in the organisation,” Dial said.

“We want to have an ANC that has a social relationship with young people, in general. In him, we see a person that young people could easily relate to.”

Dial said that, at the right time, the league would have a discussion with Mahumapelo to show him that it would be good for the ANC for him to serve at national level as part of the top six.

He said the province would also not speak of a female president. “At the appropriate time, it will lobby for Dlamini-Zuma – not because she is a woman, but because she [has] strong character”.

The ANC Youth League in the Free State said it had a mandate to support Dlamini-Zuma as president and Magashule as secretary-general. Chairperson Makalo Mohale said the league would put forward both names when the succession race officially kicks off.

On Friday in Hammanskraal, Gauteng, Dlamini-Zuma denied that she was campaigning, saying anyone who said she was doing so was “mischievous”.

“We cannot stop assisting our people because there is an election or because we are scared that you will say we are electioneering – no. If there is someone in need, we must help.

“We are going to continue creating a better life for our people, whether there is an election or not.”

A jubilant group of women, mostly elderly, danced and ululated in their free ANC Women’s League-branded T-shirts as Dlamini-Zuma stood watching from under a gazebo.

“Umka’ Zuma,” [it’s Zuma’s wife] shouted one of the excited women after briefly embracing her.

Dlamini-Zuma was also offended at being called “ma’am”. Frowning, she demanded to know the identity of the journalist who called her that.

“My name is Doctor Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. That’s my title. I worked for it, I studied,” she snapped before proceeding to the door of a car readily opened for her by her VIP protectors. When an apology was offered, she said, “no problem”, and left.

 

South Africa – Are there cracks in the ANC’s premier league?

BD live

Cracks seem to be appearing in the ANC’s ‘premier league’

Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza criticises his Free State counterpart for punting him for the position of deputy president in the party, saying it was uncalled fo

28 February 2017 – 15:19 PM Mandla Khoza
David Mabuza.   Picture: SOWETAN
David Mabuza. Picture: SOWETAN

Cracks are appearing in a powerful ANC faction dubbed the “premier league” after Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza on Monday criticised his Free State counterpart for punting him for the position of deputy president in the party, saying it was uncalled for.

The premier league is a group of ANC chairs, supportive of President Jacob Zuma, which includes the North West, the Free State and Mpumalanga.

However, it is understood there are differences within the group over who to support for which positions at the ANC’s elective conference in December.

Zuma has effectively come out in support of former African Union (AU) Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed him as president of the ANC.

There is behind-the-scenes jostling for the position of deputy president and at the weekend Free State ANC chairperson Ace Magashule at Mabuza’s brother’s funeral told ANC members that if they wanted Mabuza as the next deputy president, they should elect him.

Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, Mabuza described Magashule’s comments as uncalled for.

He said the ANC had decided not to openly name candidates for positions and to focus on policy instead. He urged people not to use his name to bypass ANC rules.

“As the ANC we have taken a decision to not discuss names … let’s talk about important issues like what have we done and what we need to do. Yes, people have a right to talk and discuss my name and I will not respond because they are talking about me not with me,” Mabuza said.

“I do not have to respond about the premier of Free State, all I can tell him is that do not break the rule of the ANC in my name. I hear people are talking in corners about me … there might be good and bad intentions.

“So the premier [Magashule] came here to support me when I was burying my brother, so there were people of the ANC who came to support me. I let him speak to the members of the ANC, but he then (uvukwa ngumoya) meaning spirits, saying if they want me they must elect me,” said Mabuza.

Mabuza said the province had taken a decision to support the families of the three Lily Mine victims, Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi and Solomon Nyirenda whose bodies have been trapped in the mine since February 5 2016.

“On the Lily Mine issue, I met with the mine and the Minister of Mineral Resources [Mosebenzi Zwane] to discuss the way forward and also see what to do since there were promises that were not kept. The mine pleaded that they do not have money hence they are on business rescue, so … they are looking for monies to continue with the operation and recovery of the bodies. As the provincial government, we have taken it [on] ourselves that we will support the families of the three victims.

“I have also seen that in that community there is dire poverty hence as government we will try to make sure they get services correctly” said Mabuza.

With Natasha Marrian

South Africa – bitter divisions within ANC leadership won’t disappear

BD Live

President Jacob Zuma. Picture:  REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
President Jacob Zuma. Picture: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Don’t despair. Jacob Zuma’s “victory” at the extended ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting last weekend was only partly that. A motion to recall him, or for him to resign as head of state, was lost and, in fact, not even voted on.

But so much more was gained than lost. Yes, getting rid of Zuma would lift the entire country, at all sorts of levels and for all the right reasons. But when the population voted him back into office for the second time in 2014, we pretty well had to resign ourselves to five more years of visionless, self-serving and fraudulent rule from this man. We’ll probably get it. It already feels like it.

But what we get in return are a string of certainties any cricket captain would take in advance in return for losing the toss. We know now, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the ANC is deeply, but deeply, divided. As the NEC meeting showed and as secretary-general Gwede Mantashe later admitted, these people on either side of the divide really hate one another with a passion. This is no mere disagreement over ideology or tactics. It’s personal. Some almost came to blows at the meeting.

We also know that neither side of the divide will walk away. To leave is to be lost. It has happened to Julius Malema. However brilliant a populist he may be, the fact is he won only 98,000 more votes in the local government elections last August than he did in the general election in 2014. After all that effort, it’s a miserable result.

So we can be certain that the ANC infighting will never stop. Not as long as Zuma runs the party. A day after the NEC meeting ended with promises of future unity, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was at the throat of the South African Revenue Service commissioner, Tom Moyane. The bonds, the secrecy and the threat of exile are long gone. The modern ANC simply doesn’t know how to operate in a democracy.

Where there is no existential threat, apartheid raid into Gaborone or sudden disappearance of a friend, the ANC will create one — with Zuma always in front.

Nkandla, it turns out, was caused by his enemies. Of course it was, sir. Don’t pay back the money. Let’s kill, I don’t know, an Italian. They must be working against us too, no?

At the start of his presidency, in 2009, chaos is something Zuma worked at. Three, no, four ministers made economic policy, with the result that we have never had one under his “leadership”.

He enjoyed the confusion because he wanted the focus away from him. He had other plans while in office.

But now, as his star fades, the chaos he once craved is working against him.

Ace Magashule. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL
Ace Magashule. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

So we can also be certain he will soon be at war with some of the people who stood up to support him last weekend, such as Free State premier Ace Magashule.

Magashule thought the people criticising Zuma should just pack up and go.

Not a very sophisticated opinion, but then he’s the guy who once thought Free State could help bail out South African Airways through its “development” agency.

Magashule and his ilk just want the money taps kept open. That’s why they’ll work hard to find a replacement for Zuma as ANC head who isn’t Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Picture: REUTERS/ JOE PENNY
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Picture: REUTERS/ JOE PENNY

She won’t feed the rent-seeking hordes the way her former husband has, but Zuma wants her in the ANC high chair nonetheless.

Who better to keep him out of jail than the mother of some of his children?

I am sorry, but this circus is just going to go on and on and on until next December, when the ANC elects a new leader.

And then, if Zuma insists on staying in the Union Buildings, it’ll get worse. Thus far, no South African president has survived long without being ANC president at the same time.

And with the government and the ruling party totally distracted by their own entrails, can you imagine what our university campuses are going to look like for the next three or four Octobers?

South Africa -SACP increasingly frustrated with ANC antics

Mail and Guardian

Knives out: SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande and his deputy, Solly Mapaila, are among those who are increasingly voicing their frustration with the ruling party. (Madelene Cronjé, M&G)
Knives out: SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande and his deputy, Solly Mapaila, are among those who are increasingly voicing their frustration with the ruling party. (Madelene Cronjé, M&G)

Utterances by the communist party belie the claim that all is well in the alliance.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) deputy general secretary, Solly Mapaila, has launched a scathing attack on the ANC’s top six officials, including President Jacob Zuma.

They have failed to publicly condemn the actions of the so-called premier league faction in the ANC, Mapaila said, despite the looting of state resources and killing of “our people”.

The ANC has roundly rejected the allegations.

In an address to the National Union of Mineworkers’ central committee on Thursday, the SACP’s general secretary, Blade Nzimande, called on union members to defend the ANC against people who used money to buy positions as ward councillors and mayors.

The ANC, Nzimande said, “must be defended from factionalism and this money politics. If we don’t do that, our revolution is gone. At the moment, there is a campaign to drive a wedge in the alliance.”

In recent months, the SACP has been steadily growing disenchanted with its alliance partner. Initially reports about the growing cracks in the alliance were dismissed as untrue and, later, as unfounded rumours. But senior communist party leaders are now publicly attacking the ANC and cutting to the heart of issues in the ruling party.

“What is increasingly happening is that the movement [the ANC] is led by a faction,” said Mapaila.

The premier league is made up of Mpumalanga’s David Mabuza, the Free State’s Ace Magashule and the North West’s Supra Mahumapelo.

The ANC chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala, has also been linked to the group, which is believed to support Nkosazana Dlaminini-Zuma, the outgoing African Union Commission chairperson, to succeed Zuma.

The SACP, on the other hand, supported by the trade union federation Cosatu, apparently would prefer Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the next leader of the ANC.

Mapaila said the premier league was getting its way in the ANC. “There is evidence out there that it exists. They killed some of our members and nothing is being done.”

Last week, the Mail & Guardian reported that there have been at least seven political killings this year, with at least five recorded in 2015. In January this year, two people were killed at an SACP meeting in Inchanga outside Durban.

There is no evidence linking the murders to the ANC or any faction in it, and the party immediately dismissed any suggestion that its leaders were either responsible for deaths or for failing to prevent them.

Mapaila said the SACP, once considered the intellectual engine of the ruling alliance, has been trying to raise concerns about issues in the ANC but its reports have been ignored. Among the issues it raised, he said, is evidence that ANC Women’s League elections were “won by money”.

He also cited the ANC’s decision this week to abandon the investigation on state capture, which directly implicates Zuma and the Gupta family, as an example.

The SACP is not happy with the decision of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) to endorse the party’s national working committee’s decision to accept Zuma’s apology on Nkandla.

The ANC’s deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte, dismissed claims by Mapaila that the ANC is being controlled by a faction and that the SACP is being sidelined.

“If SACP is making allegations, they must be able to do so in a bilateral with the ANC, not through the media. As far as I know, they are the ones who were supposed to have a bilateral [meeting] with us two weeks ago. They said that they were not available. Then the president [of the ANC, Zuma] was not available and they said they do not want a meeting in his absence,” Duarte said.

The ANC’s spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, agreed with Duarte and suggested that the SACP is trying to dictate to the ANC.

“We make our interpretations independently. We would have thought the SACP would have had a bilateral with the ANC before ventilating [their grievances] in public,” he said.

“We reject that observation [that the decision to abandon the investigation of state capture] was factional. It is a decision of the NEC, not a faction.”

Kodwa added the ANC is committed to meeting the SACP as soon as Nzimande is back in the country.

The communist party, which at one point was regarded as one of the staunchest supporters of Zuma, also accused him and his friends of using state institutions and resources to target individuals who are critical of his leadership.

The SACP drew parallels between the current developments with events that took place in the lead-up to the ANC’s national general council in Polokwane in 2007, where Thabo Mbeki, then president, was accused of employing state intelligence institutions to destabilise his opponents.

“Zuma should know better because this was done against him. Now he is using the same tactics,” said Mapaila.

He said the SACP was convinced the Hawks boss, Berning Ntlemeza, is using the unit to settle political scores and is trying to intimidate communists by using what he described as “apartheid intelligence tactics” to deal with opponents.

The Hawks have dismissed the allegations.

Nzimande said there is no contradiction in criticising the ANC while still voting for it but warned that the results of factionalism will show at the polls.

“Our people will punish us. We must never take voters for granted; they are not stupid,” he said.


Online submissions make IEC’s job easier
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has commended the majority political parties for embracing the use of technology after all the major ones, except the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), submitted their candidate lists for the August local elections online.

The deadline for the submission of candidate lists was 5pm on Thursday.

Hours before the deadline, the ANC was still trying to resolve several disputes involving party members openly revolting against leaders imposing candidates on them. Even as the deadline passed, a small group of ANC members was protesting outside the party’s Johannesburg headquarters over what they said were irregularities in the party’s list.

But technology kept such protests far away from the offices of the IEC. Its spokesperson, Kate Bapela, said the newly implemented system had helped to avoid the long queues and much paperwork that had characterised the process in previous years when parties physically submitted their lists.

Bapela said the online process had gone smoothly and most of the party representatives found it user-friendly.

Candidates were also able to accept nomination electronically, removing the need to complete forms manually, and allowing real-time verification of the candidates’ eligibility, avoiding later changes.

“All the major parties, like the DA [Democratic Alliance] and the ANC, have selected to submit their candidates online, which is great,” said Bapela.

The EFF’s national spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, said the party wanted to minimise potential mistakes and had opted to make its submissions manually.

Just before the Mail & Guardian went to print, the ANC spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, said the party was working hard to meet the deadline.

Although data from the electoral commission was still outstanding, early indications were that the number of candidates would be much larger than in previous local elections, with a significant increase in the number of candidates registered as independents or associated with small parties. — Fose Segodi

South Africa – Gupta media identifies “anti-Zuma brigade”

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The ANC hit list: the alleged “anti-Zuma brigade” named

The Gupta-owned New Age and ANN7 media outlets have published the names of ANC politicians its sources say are behind a political plot to have the president recalled.

At the epicenter of the report: deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who along with Gwede Mantashe and Jeff Radebe are seen as the “generals” of the move.

On the side of president Jacob Zuma, the “premier league”, including Free State premier Ace Magashule and others, will allegedly come to the president’s defense.

According to the media group, its sources have highlighted what it calls an “all out war for control of the country”, revealing a plot from within the ANC to usurp power from president Jacob Zuma.

Following revelations this week by deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas that he was offered the position of finance minister by the politically connected Gupta family, the New Age reported that it received information of a party-wide plot against Zuma.

The group reported that a so-called “Anti-Zuma faction” inside the ANC would try to get Zuma recalled after isolating him from his “closest ally” Jessie Duarte, who was implicated in reports around the Jonas saga.

Read: Gupta media reveals “anti-Zuma plot”

Now The New Age has revealed the ‘hit list’ – the names of the ANC officials who are supposedly heading up the “Anti-Zuma Brigade” – as well as the officials who are behind Zuma.

The “anti-Zuma” brigade: includes:

  • Deputy President – Cyril Ramaphosa
  • Minister in the Presidency – Jeff Radebe
  • Secretary General – Gwede Mantashe
  • Deputy Secretary General (SACP) – Solly Mapaila
  • Health Minister – Aaron Motsoaledi
  • Deputy Health Minister – Joe Phaahla
  • Minister of Small Business Development – Lindiwe Zulu
  • ANC National Spokesperson – Zizi Kodwa
  • Minister of Science and Technology – Naledi Pandor
  • Minister of Water and Sanitation – Nomvula Mokanyane

According to the report, “team Zuma” has held an emergency meeting to prepare a counter-strategy to “team ZumaMustFall’s” plans to have the president recalled.

Team Zuma reportedly includes:

  • Free State Premier – Ace Magashule
  • North West Premier – Supra Mahumapelo
  • Mpumalanga Premier – David Mabuza
  • KwaZulu Natal Provincial Chair – Sihle Zikalala
  • Military Vetaran Association Chair – Kebby Maphatsoe
  • ANC Women’s League President – Bathabile Dlamini
  • ANC Youth League President – Collen Maine