It is still unclear if long-serving ANC provincial chairperson David Mabuza will eventually accept the call by the ANCYL to contest for the position of deputy president of the ANC in the party’s next elective national leadership conference, later this year.
Mabuza, who is serving his third term as the ruling party’s provincial chairperson, did not come clear about his interest in his nomination by the ANCYL to participate in the race to succeed Cyril Ramaphosa as the party’s deputy president during the party’s elective provincial policy conference at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.
Mabuza, who is also running his second term as the premier of the province, said it was still too early for their members to publicly announce their preferred candidates of choice to occupy the ruling party’s top six seats in order to maintain unity in the party.
The provincial conference was also aimed at deliberating and making inputs into the discussion document prepared for the party’s forthcoming national policy conference.
Mabuza said it was vital for their members to wait for the right time before they could disclose their desired incoming incumbent leaders. The leaders should not accept the endorsements to create unity within the party.
“The ANCYL only constitutes a percentage of the conference. The nomination is going to come from the branches of the ANC. We should bear in mind that they can discuss and nominate people. They must at the uppermost of their mind think about the unity of the ANC.
“We want to come out of the conference united as the ANC. Given the challenges, it is important to prioritise unity.” Mabuza said.
He also slammed the tripartite alliance partners and other people calling for the stepping down of President Jacob Zuma as the country’s president, saying this was causing problems within the ANC and the alliance.
“If you say to the ANC as the alliance partner that Jacob Zuma must step down, what do you want the ANC to do knowing that Zuma was elected by the branches of the ANC?” Mabuza said.