Godongwana denies cabal speak as Limpopo final result boosts Ramaphosa re-election bid
Chatting with Eyewitness Information in Polokwane over the weekend, Enoch Godongwana admitted his curiosity within the outcomes of the ANC provincial conferences however denied being a part of a foyer group.
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana. Image: @TreasuryRSA/Twitter
JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa’s street to being re-elected as African Nationwide Congress (ANC) president appears well-paved, with Limpopo being the newest province to throw its weight behind him..
With Stan Mathabatha having been re-elected because the chairperson of the ANC in Limpopo, it’s understood that the province needs Ramaphosa to be uncontested when official nomination processes for the ANC’s nationwide congress start.
However as Ramaphosa consolidated his assist, with Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and the Japanese Cape already behind him, there was rising chatter on the sidelines of the Limpopo convention in regards to the rising affect of a so-called Chris Hani Cabal.
This grouping contains leaders like Mondli Gungubele and Enoch Godongwana.
Gwede Mantashe was initially linked to the opposite two, as he additionally hails from the identical Chris Hani area within the Japanese Cape, as does Gungubele and Godongwana, nevertheless, it’s understood that he has since fallen out with each.
Each Godongwana and Gungubele, who additionally function minister of Finance and minister within the Presidency respectively, are instrumental in lobbying for assist for Ramaphosa’s second time period as ANC president.
They’re stated to have cemented their function as an influence bloc and have been attending provincial provinces. They’ve additionally been accused of getting sought to affect the chaotic Ekurhuleni regional convention final week.
Chatting with Eyewitness Information in Polokwane over the weekend, Godongwana admitted his curiosity within the outcomes of the provincial conferences however denied being a part of a foyer group.
“Everyone visits conferences, why am I the one one, NEC members go to conferences and so forth. I used to be in Joburg (regional convention) yesterday, I’m right here as we speak.
“They are saying I used to be concerned in Ekurhuleni once I was in Ghana within the African Improvement Financial institution AGM. They are saying I used to be concerned in calling folks right here (Limpopo) on the facet once I was in a authorities retreat,” Gondogwana informed Eyewitness Information.
Godongwana stated he was involved in regards to the ethnic reference to his hometown.
“To throw an ethnic tag into this query… is my fear, as a result of… we’re not a cabal engaged on operations. I don’t know whether or not Mantashe and I see eye to eye. So I’m not working with him. I’m not saying I’m not supporting any slate, however I’m saying it is inaccurate,” stated Godongwana.
Regardless of his denials, Godongwana’s presence is known to have concerned lobbying the province’s former treasurer, Danny Msiza, who couldn’t contest for a management place as he needed to ‘step apart’ following his being charged for corruption in relation to the looting and collapse of VBS Mutual Financial institution.
Msiza continues to be influential within the province and performed a vital function in Mathabatha’s re-election.
Regardless of the management variations within the lead-up to the convention, with Dickson Masemola dropping the management contest to Mathabatha, Ramaphosa enjoys assist throughout the board.
The so-called Chris Hani cabal is seen as simply one other of the pro-Ramaphosa groupings who’re working to ship the president’s victory on the December 2022 nationwide congress.
Godongwana and Gungubele had been instrumental within the re-election of Oscar Mabuyane because the provincial chairperson of the Japanese Cape. Mabuyane additionally hails from the Chris Hani area and has at all times loved an in depth relationship with Godongwana, a lot that his critics – the likes of Andile Lungisa – confer with him as “intwana ka Enoch” (Enoch’s boy).
Final week, the disputes and protracted delays that characterised the ANC Ekurhuleni’s convention had been blamed on nationwide leaders who sought to affect the convention.
Preliminary outcomes put Mzwandile Masina forward of his opponent, Physician Xhakaza, by 163 to 151 votes. Nevertheless, a complete of 19 votes had been quarantined pending a call by Luthuli Home, over their standing.
Some have blamed Gungubele for among the chaos, claiming that he was “preventing for his survival” as he not has the backing of Paul Mashatile to safe his path again into the NEC.
“Paul commanded the branches in Gauteng to raise folks like him to nationwide standing. Proper now, that may merely not occur,” stated a supply near ANC leaders in Ekurhuleni.
However this has been dismissed by these near Gungubele, arguing that he was his personal man.
Makes an attempt to achieve Gungubele and Mantashe had been unsuccessful.