The presidency has reassured the nation that Vice President David Mabuza will continue to implement the government’s program of action, as outlined by President Cyril Ramaphosa at Sona earlier last month.
The presidency released a statement in response to allegations made by a News24 article in which an ANC insider claimed that “Mabuza did not like his role as vice president in the government”, and has since written to Ramaphosa requesting that he be placed in Luthuli House in the meantime.
The article further claims that Mabuza is aiming for a full-time position at Luthuli House and is eyeing the role of Secretary General in the December conference.
The Presidency labeled the article a “fabrication”.
“Vice President Mabuza continues to carry out his constitutional responsibilities as delegated by the president.
“This is in addition to carrying out his responsibilities as part of the ruling party’s leadership collective. Therefore, he is not distracted by such fantasies, even when they come disguised as ‘news’,” the statement reads.
In January, the ANC appointed Treasurer General Paul Mashatile to assist Jessie Duarte in carrying out the duties of the Secretary General’s office as Ace Magashule serves his suspension from the party.
According to the source quoted by News24, Mabuza’s pressure to join the secretariat came as he was not elected for re-election as vice president.
Mabuza’s name does not appear among those who get attention from party structures and on social media debates.
Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola, Minister of Defense Thandi Modise, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Naledi Pandor and Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane are receiving more attention.
ANCYL calls for generational mix in leadership
Calls have been made by the ANC Youth League for a generation mix when the ANC holds its 55th national election conference, giving Lamola the opportunity to make history and become the ANC’s first young vice president since 1912.
However, Lamola said in January that he would only make any statements at the “right time”, but agreed that a generational mix was a necessity for the “movement”.
“The ANC needs a generational mix in the top six and all its structures. Generational mix has been part of all ANC structures since time immemorial,” he said.
“This has helped to renew and revitalize the ANC. Youthful members of the ANC should not apologize for exercising the responsibilities assigned to them by the structures of the ANC.”