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Sep 18 2012 6:00PM
Limpopo ANC goes for Motlanthe, excludes Zuma from list
Limpopo ANC goes for Motlanthe, excludes Zuma from list. Gallo images
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Montsho Matlala

THE ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) in Limpopo has excluded President Jacob Zuma and replaced him with his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe as its preferred ANC presidential candidate in its wish list for Mangaung conference.

In a statement released on Monday night, provincial spokesperson Makonde Mathivha said the names on the list do not represent the official position of the PEC but were ‘just proposals.”

The PEC proposed Kgalema Motlanthe (president), Tokyo Sexwale (deputy president), Fikile Mbalula (secretary general), Thandi Modise (deputy secretary general), Mathews Phosa (treasurer general) and Thenjiwe Mtintso (chairperson).

“The PEC decided to go public with the names on its own realising that many people within the movement are already talking about the same line up,” Mathivha told The New Age today.

He denied that Zuma was excluded in retaliation for placing the five provincial departments under administration since last late year. 

“The issue here is about the ANC and not about government. It is a pity we cannot control the thinking of those who attempt to link the ANC and the departments which are under administration,” he said.

Mathivha pointed out that there was nothing unusual with the PEC pronouncing its wish list of names to be included in the official nomination process expected to kick off on October 1.

“In Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, the provincial chairpersons there have declared they are hundred percent for Zuma. And even some of our people here are saying so.”

The ANC provincial leadership also raised and discussed 59 names of people who should serve in the National Executive Committee (NEC), and it seems Zuma is not amongst the chosen.

“You know 59 is quite a big number I can’t remember all the names,” Mathivha responded to The New Age and promised to make a full list available later.

However party insiders claim most PEC members no longer want to see Zuma in power. “They prefer to have him exit from politics and retire,” said a source.

Mathivha said though the proposal by the PEC was unanimous, the list is likely to change pending nominations by members during the branch general meetings (BGMs).

“Currently an audit of branches by the secretary general’s office is underway and can finish this week. The audit report will tell us how many authentic branches we have,’ he said.

The public embracing of Motlanthe by the PEC and the exclusion of Zuma is seen by some party members as a further strengthening of ties between the party provincial leadership and the ANCYL aligned to Julius Malema.

“You remember the league members verbally abused Msholozi in almost every gathering and sang their favourite song, “Shawara wa re sokodisa’’ meaning, shower man is harassing us,” said a branch leader on condition of anonymity.

On the other hand, the PEC’s rejection of Zuma is likely to further alienate it from the SACP, COSATU and some structures of the ANC who are calling for the provincial chairperson Cassel Mathale’s head.

They blamed him for the tender irregularities and over R2 billion deficit which led to the central government taking over the administration of education, health, treasury, public works and social development since December last year.

Mathale has denied any wrong doing and challenged his detractors to report him to “the nearest law enforcement agency” if they suspect him of corruption.

The ANC national conference to elect the new NEC is expected to take place in Bloemfontein in December.

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