Road to Mangaung: After the party heads will roll

Supporters of Jacob Zuma want Tokyo Sexwale and others axed. (Madelene Cronjé, M&G)

Supporters of Jacob Zuma want Tokyo Sexwale and others axed. (Madelene Cronjé, M&G)

The pro-Jacob Zuma forces apparently want a resolution to disband the provincial executive committees in Limpopo and North West as well as the national executive committee of the ANC Youth League, the Mail & Guardian has learnt.

It has also emerged that the Zuma group want the president to fire Tokyo Sexwale, human settlements minister, Fikile Mbalula, sports minister, Paul Mashatile, arts and culture minister, Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale and North West Premier Thandi Modise. The group also wants the mayors of Johannesburg and Tshwane, Parks Tau and Kgosientso Ramokgopa, to be removed from their positions for campaigning against the president.

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Zuma, who is almost certain to be re-elected ANC president at the conference, is expected to reshuffle his Cabinet early next year. Some Zuma supporters also want Motlanthe to be replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa. He was nominated by the majority of the branches as deputy president after Motlanthe rejected the offer by Zuma supporters that he would be retained in the position if he did not stand against Zuma.

With less than 16 months left before the country's national elections, Zuma supporters say disbanding the provincial executive committees in Limpopo and North West will bring stability and unity to the organisation.  

A provincial leader said: "We need united ANC structures ahead of the general elections to run a successful election campaign. The problem with the two provincial executive committees is that there are clearly two factions within them. Leadership itself is divided.

"You don't have a stable ANC that will drive a successful election strategy. We need a clear election strategy that will see the ANC regain its two-thirds majority."

Regarding the youth league, the leader said the plan was to disband its national executive committee and appoint an interim leadership with a clear mandate to organise an elective conference early next year.

 
Matuma Letsoalo

Matuma Letsoalo

Matuma Letsoalo is the Political Editor of the Mail & Guardian. He joined the newspaper in 2003, focusing on politics and labour, and collaborated with the M&G's centre for investigations, amaBhungane, from time to time.In 2011, Matuma won the South African Journalist of the Year Award and was also the winner in the investigative journalism category in the same year.In 2004, he won the CNN African Journalist of the Year prize – the MKO Abiola Print Journalism Award. Matuma was also a joint category winner of the Mondi Shanduka SA Story of the year Award in 2008. In 2013, he was a finalist for Wits University's Taco Kuiper Award.In 2015, Matuma also won the Vodacom Journalist of the year in the regional awards for the Economics and Finance category. Read more from Matuma Letsoalo

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