THE ANC YOUTH League has rejected the inclusion of Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma top six leadership slate.
This happens after Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa caused a stir among his lobbyists at the weekend when he named Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor as part of his slate.
Ramaphosa announced that Pandor will contest the position of ANC deputy president at the party’s elective conference in December.
Yesterday, Pandor’s office confirmed that the minister has agreed to be Ramaphosa’s running mate, pending branch nomination.
Its understood that in the Ramaphosa campaign there are three views, with some lobbyists supporting Lindiwe Sisulu, Zweli Mkhize or Pandor to deputise him.
The ANCYL, which wants Dlamini-Zuma to succeed President Jacob Zuma, met over the weekend in Ekurhuleni to discuss nominations.
Mokonyane is one of Zuma’s trusted allies.
An ANCYL provincial leader told Sowetan yesterday that the meeting felt that other provinces should be represented in the ANC top six hence the exclusion of Mokonyane.
ANCYL national spokesman Mlondi Mkhize confirmed that Mokonyane was not nominated for the ANC treasurer-general position.
“We did not nominate her because our position has not changed. Even if she wanted to be the TG (treasurer-general) we decided not to nominate her. We feel that she must be an ANC NEC member.”
Their list further punts Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza as deputy president.
Meanwhile, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has slammed those making pronouncements about who should be in the party’s top six.