- Dlamini-Zuma’s caucus pursued Mashatile
- Two officials of the camp met with Mashatile
- But, Mashatile is a believer of unity and does not support slates
Mabuza’s support is apparently crucial for triumph in next month’s conference, explaining why the Dlamini-Zuma caucus is going to every possible length to secure his vote.
The Sowetan reported that Mabuza is putting pressure on the Dlamini-Zuma camp to oblige Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile, who happens to be named as treasurer in Cyril Ramaphosa's presidential slate.
To guarantee Mabuza's support, the Dlamini-Zuma crusaders are willing to accommodate Mashatile, who has been a rival of the branches associated with President Jacob Zuma and Dlamini-Zuma for a long time.
On going communication between Mabuza and Mashatile about a possible ‘unity ticket’, to eliminate presidential slates, had taken place.
Nkenke Kekana, ANC Gauteng spokesman, said the province has no affiliation with a camp and did not support slates.
"Gauteng will prefer a leadership that will be united and be able to unite the organisation. Unity is not the absence of contestation," he said.
Briefly.co.za gathered that high-ranking members David Mahlobo and Kebby Maphatsoe, met with Mashatile in an attempt to win him over, hoping that he will agree to be part of Dlamini-Zuma’s slate.
Mashatile reportedly directed them to other Gauteng leaders. The pair were reluctant to comment on the outcome of the meeting.
According to a senior Gauteng leader they presented Mashatile with positions that is non-existent, stating that the named positions require representatives at the election conference to revise the party's constitution.
Mashatile is reportedly standing behind the idea of unity, he will not partake in a slate, or a winner-takes-all campaign.
The top-six leadership structure could be expanded to nine, adding two deputy presidents along with two deputy secretaries-general.
Furthermore, the national executive committee decided that the losing candidate can still compete for deputy president.
The approach means that if Dlamini-Zuma loses she can run for deputy president, meaning Mabuza, who is currently named as deputy president on her slate, will be left empty handed.
According to ANC Mpumalanga secretary, Mandla Ndlovu, the province will make an announcement on Friday to address the matter, however he failed to argue that Mabuza was pressing for the accommodation of Mashatile.
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