Vice President David Mabuza has reportedly asked the ANC’s national leadership to be relieved of his duties at the Union Buildings so that he could head the office of the ruling party’s secretary general.
Mabuza’s request to be deployed full-time at ANC headquarters – because of the delay of ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule and his deputy, Jessie Duarte, who is on sick leave — apparently shot by President Cyril Ramaphosa and his allies in the party, according to a News24 report.
According to the report, two sources with direct knowledge of discussions within the ANC claimed that Mabuza wanted to be deployed at the Luthuli House in Johannesburg to oversee the functioning of the ANC secretary general ahead of the party’s election conference in December.
If top ANC leaders agreed to Mabuza’s request, it would have given him “untethered power” over ANC branches ahead of the conference, amid rumors that Ramaphosa and his allies do not want him re-elected as his deputy.
Mashatile oversees SG .’s office
ANC Treasurer General Paul Mashatile was appointed in January to assist Duarte in carrying out the duties of the General Secretariat.
Duarte, 68, has been on sick leave since November last year after being hospitalized with gastrointestinal complications. She headed the Secretary General’s office after Magashule’s suspension in May 2021.
Mabuza ‘has no fun in his role’
A well-placed party insider who spoke to News24 said this was not the first time Mabuza had asked to be deployed full-time at Luthuli House.
Apparently the vice president does not enjoy his role in government and could potentially run for the position of secretary general at the December conference.
“He hates going to parliament the most. He is always going to have a hard time and if he were relieved of his duties to join Luthuli House full time, he would still get his state pension and perks,” the source said.
ANC provincial structures
According to another report, the ANC’s National Working Committee has heard recommendations to dissolve the provincial executive committees (PECs) in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.
This is after their term of office expires and they will elect a new leadership at their provincial election conferences ahead of the ANC’s national conference in December.
EWN reported on Monday that party insiders said NWC officials — meeting Monday — had put the matter on the agenda.
The ANC’s highest decision-making body, the National Executive Committee (NEC), is expected to make a final decision on the matter when it meets.
compiled by Thapelo Lekabe