ANC Deputy President David Mabuza is the main drawcard for Limpopo’s January 8 celebrations at Modimolle on Sunday. ANC members at Bela-Bela went on a massive roadshow ahead of the event. Photo: TK Mashaba 

Renewal, unity and jobs


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ANC heavyweight David Mabuza was expected to proverbially gallop into the Waterberg for an all-important January 8 birthday gathering, with the objective to celebrate the organisation’s 106th anniversary.

But then the question on the lips of many in the home province was: would Mabuza give the slightest indication as to where he stands, with regards to the ANC President Ramaphosa on the one hand, and Jacob Zuma’s dwindling fortunes.

The “renewal, unity and jobs” rally was scheduled for Sunday, 28 January.

This indeed, is way more than a January 8 event, but the narrative is loaded with meaning.

All this was billed for Modimolle’s Ephraim Mogale Stadium.

At the NEC summit last weekend, delegates resolved to task the Top Six leadership of the ANC to manage Zuma’s imminent departure.

There were a number of scenarios why Mabuza, and not the crowd favourite Ramophosa, was scheduled to appear at Modimolle.

The first reason, according to a Waterberg ANC insider, was to “sell” Mabuza to the province, which suggests the Mpumalanga Premier has now officially endorsed Ramaphosa as the new sheriff in town.

The second scenario could be simply that Ramaphosa was too engaged with turning around things on the economic front, such as his mid-week flight to Davos, Switzerland, for a summit of the all-powerful World Economic Forum.

Mabuza’s roadshow at Modimolle was billed to be preceded by a Golf Day on Friday, January 26, at the Euphoria Golf Estate. On Saturday, 27 January, a gala dinner has been lined up at the Ranch Hotel in Polokwane.

The ANC Limpopo leadership has indicated busloads of supporters were expected to arrive from across the province, in a clear show of force in what is DA country, with regards to the composition of the Modimolle Local Council.

3 months ago       26 January 2018