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Axed NFP chair fights back, secures interim interdict against party
23 May 2019, 3:19 PM

 

National Freedom Party (NFP) KwaZulu-Natal chairperson, Vikizitha Mlotshwa has won a temporary interdict against the party’s decision to prevent his swearing in as the party’s Member of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature. The NFP, including its leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, have been ordered to pay legal costs for the urgent interdict.

Things came to a head on Wednesday, after the NFP wrote to the legislature asking presiding officers not to let Mlotshwa take an oath of office as a its member. The NFP national structure says it has expelled Mlotshwa. NFP spokesperson, Simo Mkhwanazi, says the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) had taken the decision after it carefully studied its performance in the elections. Mkhwanazi says Mlotshwa was informed about the decision, however he chose to ignore it.

“Yes we did send the letter to the Legislature, they took a resolution to actually revisit the list and decide either they would take the list as it is to the Legislature or there would be any changes and eventually they decided that Mr. Vikizitha Mlotshwa must be withdrawn from the list and he was informed. He persisted to actually accept and declared his availability, which was then against the resolution which the party took when the NEC sat. After the NEC saw that he was not complying with what they have resolved – they decided to say he must be expelled from the organisation,” says Mkhwanazi.

Mlotshwa hit back and took the party to court and won an interim interdict. KwaZulu-Natal NFP Secretary, Zandile Myeni, says the Pietermaritzburg High Court has granted a court order preventing the Legislature from swearing in Mlotshwa’s replacement. Myeni says they will deal with their internal squabbles.

“We went to court, Pietermaritzburg High Court and we were granted an order that stipulates that the letter is not an official letter so it means it was just an internal issue of which we will deal with it when the time is right. I can also say to the members of the NFP in KZN, honourable Mlotshwa will indeed be sworn in as a Member of Parliament in due course,” says Myeni.

Political solutions needed for political tussles

Political analyst, Lukhona Mnguni, says it is never wise for a political party to take its internal matters to court.

“It’s never the best way to resolve political matters in the court of law. For any political party, worse for a party that is as fragile as the NFP that has just nearly scrapped through to have public representative in KZN and in the National Assembly. Definitely not the right thing to do, but this is sort of the calm inherent in the NFP that soon after elections there are always disputes who should be the rightful representatives where and they fight. I mean going back to 2011 to 2014 we always had these hassles that were married to internal leadership battles within the party and I think that demonstrates that the party had failed to stabilise.”

Mnguni says the NFP needs to consider changing its national leader if it wants to survive.

“The NFP needs to consider its position of the leader if the party is to have a survival charge. Unless the party and the leader are resigned to the death of the party and they are okay with it, I do not see how the NFP will thrive with Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi continuing in its leadership because she is not fit enough to lead that party and it is unfortunate because its due to ill health. But I think she should make that recognition give space, remain a member of Parliament but give space for other people to run the party.”

The party secured only one seat in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature and two seats in the National Assembly. It’s legal battle to prevent Mlotshwa from assuming the only seat its won in its traditional home base – will play out in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on the 8th of July.

Know your premier: Oscar Mabuyane
22 May 2019, 2:39 PM

 

Oscar Mabuyane is now the first citizen of the Eastern Cape. He is the ANC chairperson in the province and is credited with having assisted the party retain control of the provincial legislature with an overwhelming majority of  68.74% during the national elections.

Mabuyane, a former ANC Eastern Cape secretary, is largely seen as President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ally. He was elected as the governing party’s Eastern Cape chairperson in 2017 in an elective conference dubbed, the festival of chairs. He has had a stint as the Eastern Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

The ANC in the Eastern Cape has welcomed Mabuyane’s appointment as the premier, saying it believes the move will strengthen political stability and usher in a renewed vigour to make a better life for all in the province a reality.

Mabuyane has promised to hit the ground running, saying the new provincial government will tackle thorny issues, like service delivery concerns raised by some communities, like the residents of Ntlangano in Ntabankulu. They boycotted the May 8 vote, demanding improved service delivery.

Mabuyane was born in Deberha, in the Ngcobo Local Municipality, in 1974.

Watch Mabuyane’s interview with Morning Live’s Lee-Anne Manas on last year’s World Tourism Day, which is annually celebrated on September 27.

The festival of chairs in which Mabuyane was elected ANC Eastern Cape chairperson was one of the trending stories on social media. President Ramaphosa and backers of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had a go at each over alleged irregularities. Mabuyane promised to rid the province of factions.

Watch his address soon after his election.

Know your premier: Professor Job Mokgoro
22 May 2019, 2:37 PM

 

Professor Mokgoro is returning for a second time as the North West premier. He was brought in by the ANC National Working Committee (NWC) to stabilise the province after the party’s provincial chairperson, Supra Mahumapelo, resigned in 2018 amid growing public pressure for him to leave office.

The 71-year-old master of public administration degree-holder was the first director general of the North West province in post apartheid South Africa. He faced a mammoth task of merging three government administrations into one and is said to have done that with ease. 

Mokgoro has also served as the head of the national school of government in Pretoria. He is known as a task master, who is good at whipping politicians into shape. He has also worked as a policy analyst for the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the director-general of the South African Management Development Institute.

He was born in Kimberley in the Northern Cape and moved to the North West province after taking up a lecturing job at the then University of Bophuthatswana. 

ANC secretary general, Ace Magashule, has hinted the appointment could be changed once the province is stable.  “We looked at the different proposals. There were people to be considered but those people were not on the list of the ANC and we therefore agreed that comrade Job Mokgoro should remain Premier of the North West so that we stabilise that province and at the right time, I think, we will then interact on that matter.”

Listen to the ANC North West Women’s League Deputy Secretary, Bitsa Lenkopane’s response to the news:

David Makhura
Know your premier: David Makhura
22 May 2019, 2:35 PM
This is Makhura’s second term as Gauteng Premier. Although his first tenure was widely described as successful, the Life Esidimeni tragedy that claimed the lives of 144 mental health patients has stained his legacy.
Born on 22 February 1968 in Limpopo, Makhura cut his teeth in politics at the tender age of 16. The ANC Gauteng chairperson was involved in the Azanian Student Movement and the Congress of South African Students (Cosas), among other organisations.
He’s held various leadership positions, including the President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at Turfloop University and ANC Youth League  (ANCYL) National Executive Committee member. Makhura was recruited to the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1986 and 1987, respectively.
He has served in various other ANC leadership structures, including Gauteng provincial secretary and  several sub-committees of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC). He’s also worked for Nehawu. Makhura is credited with having played a pivotal role in the introduction of a performance monitoring and evaluation systems in ANC Gauteng and overseeing the performance of provincial and local government in the province, while working closely with all the ANC mayors and three successive ​premiers.
Makhura holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of London. He is also trustee of the Board of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He’s promised to foster clean governance in the province.
Watch Makhura’s State of the Province Address on 18 February 2019:

Makhura has also been at the forefront of the scrapping of the e-toll system in Gauteng. He’s promised to continue pushing for this.

 

Know your premier: Sisi Ntombela
22 May 2019, 2:31 PM

Ntombela is returning for a second time as Premier of the Free State. She took over the reigns from Ace Magashule when he vacated the post to assume his duties at Luthuli House as ANC Secretary General.

Ntombela has worked her way up through the ANC structures.  However, some within the governing ANC in the Free State have not taken kindly to her being appointed to continue leading the provincial government.  Her close ties with Magashule has sparked fears that the controversial ANC secretary general will continue to rule the province from Luthuli House through her.

The Free State government’s failure to hand over documents on time, corroborating claims against Magashule at the Zondo Commission that’s probing allegations of state capture, has also left a blight in her otherwise clean governance record. Former Free State Economic Development MEC, Mxolisi Dukwana, wanted the documents to prove that Magashule took him to meet with the controversial Gupta family, where he was allegedly offered a monthly bribe payment in exchange for a multi-billion rand construction deal.

Ntombela is the deputy president of the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) and has previously served as MECs for Social Development and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the Free State.

After her appointment to lead the Free State in 2018, Ntombela promised to unite the ANC.

 

 

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