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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



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 – Zuma’s deparate search for help

City Press

Zuma’s cries for support

2016-11-20 06:00

President Jacob Zuma. (File, City Press)

President Jacob Zuma. (File, City Press)

President Jacob Zuma is waging a desperate battle for his political survival and has gone all out in a war against his perceived enemies inside and outside the ANC.

With the tide turning against him in the party, Zuma has resorted to tried-and-tested tactics that have ensured his staying power: playing the victim and appealing directly to the grass roots ANC membership.

In the past few days, the president has gone on the offensive.

In a series of rallies on his home turf of KwaZulu-Natal, and in sympathetic Mpumalanga, Zuma has fired salvoes at his own comrades, party veterans, opposition parties, white business and Western powers, all of whom he accused of being in a conspiracy to bring down the ANC.

The rallies – dubbed cadre forums – have been organised by his most loyal supporters in partisan provinces to mobilise the defence of his embattled presidency.

More such forums, which are meant for the political education of branch members, are expected in the coming weeks.

This weekend’s rallies come on the eve of what is expected to be a hostile meeting tomorrow between the ANC’s national working committee and a delegation from the so-called 101 veterans, who have called for Zuma’s resignation and the convening of a consultative conference to fix the ANC.

A shaky Zuma will then go into next weekend’s national executive committee meeting uncertain of the mood in the ANC body which has traditionally shielded him.

In the rallies Zuma has:

– Compared the attacks on him and the ANC to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

– Said he is not “crazy”

– Accused close colleagues and comrades – without naming them – of painting him as a thief while they themselves are stealing

– Warned those whom he is accusing that they “know who they are” – a thinly veiled admonishment to his foes

– Labelled his detractors within the ANC as “witches”

– Alluded to Western powers having a hand in the ANC’s woes, claiming they want to destroy the Brics bloc – referring to the five emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) – and that they see South Africa as an easy target in this quest.

Speaking at a rally in Acornhoek in Mpumalanga yesterday, Zuma urged ANC members to defend their party – and, by extension, him – against its enemies, such as the Western powers and white capital, which he accused of using people as pawns to further their agendas.

“Our enemies buy certain people to be used as zombies … Let us stand with the ANC and build a strong alliance. They do not want the ANC because it is doing good for the country. Even Jesus Christ was crucified because he came here to save us,” he said.

The party’s KwaZulu-Natal chairperson, Sihle Zikalala, and his Mpumalanga counterpart, David Mabuza, used their respective platforms to vow that Zuma was going nowhere.

In his address to ANC cadres at a packed Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Friday, Zuma also linked the calls for his removal to South Africa’s membership of Brics, which is establishing its own international bank, the New Development Bank.

“We did not even go to that bank called the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank, to ask for money. Most people do not like this because we cannot be told what to do,” he said.

In Acornhoek he blasted ANC veterans and cast aspersions on their motives for speaking out.

“Our enemies are paid big monies to kill the ANC. Some of them claim to have been members of the ANC for many years, but when they complain, they do not follow ANC procedures.”

Zuma added that, instead of following ANC procedures, they ran to the media.

“They don’t complain within ANC structures, but they speak to the media. Where is ANC discipline? They claim to have ANC values, but they don’t talk to the ANC.”

Zuma said that the ANC’s enemies complained about corruption, even though the party had established institutions to fight it. “Just because we are fighting corruption, they change the story and say the ANC is corrupt. We always take steps against corruption.”

The real reason he and the ANC were under pressure, he said, was that white business was scared about economic transformation. “They have the money … In all countries of the world, the indigenous people are in charge of everything – politics, the economy and security.

“Even here, African countries with weak economies have Africans owning the economy, but in South Africa black people do not own the economy,” he said.

In Pietermaritzburg he made oblique reference to the reaction to his removal of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene. Talking about “what happened last December”, he repeated his allegation that he was forced to drop his chosen replacement, Des van Rooyen, by forces who threatened to “burn the country”.

He insisted that he was of sound mind and was not afraid of his enemies.

“At least I know who [my enemies] are and what they are doing. I am not worried. If I was crazy, I would make the whole of South Africa crazy as well.”

Meanwhile, the delegation of ANC stalwarts calling for Zuma to go could find a hostile reception at a scheduled meeting with the ANC’s national working committee tomorrow.

In a batch of emails leaked to the media, concerns were expressed among the party’s former leaders that the working committee was a “factional” group which was unlikely to offer “a mature political discussion”.

The stalwarts want the party to hold a special consultative conference, at which the resignation of the current leadership can be discussed.

Veteran ANC participants, such as former finance minister Trevor Manuel and Khulu Mbatha, said they would rather press for a smaller meeting with the ANC’s top six than go as a large group to face the 25-member working committee.

Mavuso Msimang, the former director-general of home affairs, said his understanding was always that the 101 stalwarts requested a meeting with the ANC leadership “to discuss or inform them about the content and timing of the planned consultative conference”.

Msimang said he “would not be averse to our meeting the working committee delegation if the purpose of such a meeting is to recapitulate the objectives of the 101 elders and not subject them to renegotiation”.

The concerned group’s posture has been described by those backing Zuma as “disingenuous and dishonest”.

“Going to meet the national working committee with a predetermined outcome and expectations – and even insulting the ANC structure as being a pro-Zuma group – is wrong and defeats the purpose of engaging genuinely,” said a Zuma sympathiser.

The involvement of Mbatha, a known ally of former president Kgalema Motlanthe; Eureka Smith, the personal assistant of Tokyo Sexwale; and Mukoni Ratshitanga, the spokesperson for former president Thabo Mbeki, had also been questioned – because “they are not veterans”.

“Mbeki, Motlanthe and Sexwale cannot be exonerated from having a covert hand and being the masters of the destruction of the ANC, because they are having proxies in the mail chain who are far from being called stalwarts of the ANC,” said the loyalist.

Ratshitanga said yesterday he was included in the group to keep his elderly father, Rashaka Ratshitanga, informed of developments.

Zuma is also gradually losing the support of labour federation Cosatu, having already lost that of his party’s other tripartite ally, the SA Communist Party.

The latest battle will be fought at Cosatu’s central executive committee this week, during which affiliates will pressurise the federation to adopt a position for Zuma to resign.

The Communication Workers’ Union and the National Health and Allied Workers’ Union have already pronounced that Zuma should leave for the sake of the ANC.

City Press has learnt that leaders of affiliates have been unhappy about Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini’s attempts to frustrate this discussion.

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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”


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