Categories Business Tech World Lesufi stands a good chance – analyst Post author By vanirexodus Post date March 8, 2022 No Comments on Lesufi stands a good chance – analyst Despite his controversial personality, ANC Gauteng deputy chairman Panyaza Lesufi is in a good position to take over from outgoing David Makhura, an analyst said. Makhura, who was formerly secretary general, has indicated that he will no longer compete for the presidency, leaving the position up for grabs. Lesufi, the province’s education MEC, will compete against Deputy Lebogang Maile for the most powerful ANC position in the province. ANC members in Gauteng will elect new leaders at a conference expected to take place in June. Both have reportedly launched their campaigns and gathered offices in a province… Despite his controversy-prone personality, ANC Gauteng vice chairman Panyaza Lesufic is in a good position to take over from the outgoing David Makhurasaid one analyst. Makhura, who was formerly secretary general, has indicated that he will no longer compete for the presidency, leaving the position up for grabs. Lesufi, the education MEC of the province, is going to compete against the deputy Lebogang Maile for the most powerful ANC position in the province. ANC members in Gauteng will elect new leaders at a conference expected to take place in June. Both have reportedly launched their campaigns, rallying divisions in a province whose voters have been gradually turning their backs on the ruling ANC. The waning support of the party that saw it lose control of the three metros and other municipalities poses a challenge to the incoming leader. ALSO READ: ANC Gauteng admits leadership quality ‘isn’t the best’ ‘Stronger profile’ professor of politics at North West University Andre Duvenhage, said Lesufi’s public profile is stronger than Maile’s, who is also Cogta MEC, has put his public profile to good use, especially in his dedication to impersonating himself in racial conflict, and is seen as someone who wants to end to racism. “For Lesufi, to the extent that he is followed by cameras in his work, all publicity is good publicity. For a good public profile you need your face on camera, and it does that effectively. Lesufi plays the racial lines very well, and the incidents show how that has accelerated in the country. “His activism against racism is perceived as negative by white communities, but that is not his constituency. He has a stronger profile than Maile.” He said that while Maile is not as vocal as Lesufi, the ANC’s decisions may come as a shock to some. “Maile’s profile, both inside and outside the ANC, may not match Lesufi’s, but over the years we’ve come to see how unpredictable the ANC can be. I think if Ramaphosa had a choice in this, he would choose Maile and his calm demeanor. “Lesufi is too controversial. Racial politics could cause tensions for Ramaphosa, whose Sona speech resembled a Democratic Alliance action plan. Ramaphosa is very moderate.” ALSO READ: Gauteng Sopa 2022: ‘Not a good story’ for Prime Minister Makhura Ramaphosa has Gauteng’s support The party’s provincial spokesman, Bones Modise, said the PEC would meet Tuesday evening where it would receive the results of an industry audit from Luthuli House. “We are getting input from headquarters that will tell us if all 525 branches of the ANC are ready for the regional and provincial conference. We can’t make a decision on that until after the meeting,” he said. When asked whether those eager to participate had been given the go-ahead to campaign, Modise said the ANC doesn’t determine a candidate’s campaign, but only its own as a party. “Individuals launch their own campaigns on their own time…and it’s ultimately only the industries that decide. Sometimes conference lobbying leads to delegates from the branches deciding what to do, a lot is happening toward a conference.” Makhura succeeded former chairman Paul Mashatile in 2018 after being elected ANC National Treasurer at the Nasrec 2017 conference and going to Luthuli House. The outgoing provincial chairman was unanimously elected in 2018, having held the position of acting chairman following Mashatile’s departure. According to Duvenhage President Cyril Ramaphosawho would run for a second term at the December election conference has reasonable support in Gauteng. “I think even during [former president] Zuma’s era, Gauteng with its even more urban population and progressive, seemed more like Ramaphosa. “I expect Gauteng to support Ramaphosa in December. Gauteng is unlike other provinces such as KawZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, where the [ANC faction] The RET has a stronghold.” READ NOW: E-toll decision is election campaign to save ANC Gauteng, experts say ← Personal information not compromised, Samsung confirms → Tshwan resumes operations in all driver’s license testing centers Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.