It’s normal to vie for positions, says Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha

The article “Divide in provincial ANC – claims that “Mabuyane’s ambition behind moves to suspend leaders” (DD, April 28) refers.

Dear reader, as I write I am aware that part of the response to this piece could be vehement, calling me all sorts of names in an attempt to dwarf the argument made herewith.

MVUSIWEKHAYA SICWETSHA

For a long time the Daily Dispatch has been throwing about the names of various ANC provincial executive committee members who allegedly harbour ambitions of being elected to the ANC provincial chairmanship with an eye on the premiership of the Eastern Cape as the ultimate prize.

The name of comrade Mlibo Qoboshiyane was the first to be thrown into this proverbial ring. He never contested the position and never became premier.

It is interesting that the ANC Amathole regional secretary, comrade Teris Ntuthu, becomes the first senior ANC leader to join the fray by throwing into the same ring the name of the provincial secretary, comrade Lubabalo Mabuyane.

It remains a mystery though, as to why KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, with membership dominance at ANC national conferences, still score low matric pass rates and have infrastructure and development backlogs.

We are told membership dominance comes with political influence on policy, deployment and election to key positions.

But why does this not translate into fast development and growth for these largely rural provinces?

Only ANC members in these provinces can answer this question. I think, the already argued review of the nomination process could provide a solution to this challenge because leadership performance would be measured against the manifesto commitments to all structures.

I feel pity for journalists who, at times, are thrown into the lion’s den by us members of the ANC as we engage in political contestation, including vying for leadership positions.

Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha is an ANC member and spokesman for Qoboshiyane in his capacity as MEC, Eastern Cape rural development and agrarian reform

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