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THE African National Congress Mpumalanga chairperson David Mabuza and his leadership have distanced themselves from an upcoming Cyril Ramaphosa rally.
This comes after an SMS has been circulating purporting that Mabuza would address the event.
Provincial spokesperson Sasekani Manzini said the Provincial Executive Committee has been made aware of a text message circulated to branch leaders of the ANC in the Province, mobilising for a rally planned for the 28th of October at Mbombela Stadium.
“The PEC of the ANC in Mpumalanga distances itself from the planned event and opportunism displayed by the faction calling themselves CR 17, and would like to put it on record that no one has communicated with the PEC nor the Provincial Chairperson, Cde DD Mabuza about the planned event,” she said.
Manzini added that the PEC viewed the circulating message as a desperate attempt by bona fide factionalists, who are committed to liquidating the ANC through factions.
“While we respects the right of any member to canvass for his preferred candidate, we strongly condemn the use of false information and the name of our Provincial Chairperson, to advance their preferred candidate’s political fortunes. We call on our members to reject this grouping and the material they have been distributing all over the province in attempts to undermine the authority of legitimate structures and create a false perception that Mpumalanga supports their factional agenda,” she said.
The SMS circulating also contains a slate for the Ramaphosa faction leading to the December conference but it does not have Mabuza’s name anywhere.
Mabuza has made it clear that his support will be for anyone who gives him the position of deputy president. Its only Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s slate that has put him as a deputy.
Manzini further called on all structures of the ANC in Mpumalanga to continue with Branch meetings and to work towards uniting the party.
“Continue convening Branch General Meetings and use them as a platform to unite the ANC, and make it a sharp tool for the liberation of Africans in particular and blacks in general,” she said.