Fikile Mbalula Endorses David Makhura As Next ANC SG: Quick Facts

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Fikile Mbalula Endorses David Makhura: Ahead of the much-anticipated ANC elective conference coming up in December, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has crowned Gauteng Premier the most suitable candidate to replace ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

The never-tiring minister shared his thought in a tweet on Thursday and also used the platform to lambast Free State Premier Ace Magashule, who has been named as Gwede’s preferred successor.

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Mbalula wrote: “If somebody asked I’ll say David Makhura will make a good secretary general for the ANC”. The tweet was followed by another: ” ANCYL, let’s rally behind David Makhura as a replacement to Gwede Mantashe.”

The minister obviously stated that his opinion was ‘beyond factions’. He pointed out that Premier Ace would not make a good secretary general like Makhura because he [Ace] is a ‘definite no no no’ and would finally kill the ANC.



Mbalula has always been touted as a possible ANC secretary-general (SG) but after he endorsed Makhura, he disclosed that he has no interest in running for the post.

The incumbent, Gwede Mantashe, had announced that he would not stand for re-election at the ANC’s elective conference in December, leaving the party with one option – to hunt for a successor.

Speaking at a South African Communist Party imbizo in Boksburg in May, he said: “I am sitting in Luthuli House for 10 years… this in my tenth year. I will not be secretary-general in January, okay. I can assure you of that. If I try that luck I [might] as well buy a coffin.”

Premier Ace was picked by the ANCYL to replace Gwede. The league also wants President Zuma’s ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to take over the reins of the party in December.

However, Mbalula said he doesn’t belong to any faction but wants Makhura to take over because he is a great candidate.

Dlamini-Zuma’s interest in ANC leadership has since divided the ruling party – starting from its leadership structure down to its branches across many provinces, throwing around dirt in a political environment where opposition parties are steadily gaining strength.

Had it been she didn’t indicate interest, Ramaphosa would have had a smooth and lesser risk-free ride into the succession seat at the elective conference.

Due to factionalism in the ANC, Dlamini-Zuma has been facing a tough time in some structures. Like some opposition parties, these factions rejected her because of her previous relationship with President Jacob Zuma.

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The position of ANC secretary-general is key to the party’s internal functioning and its main interface with society.