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The town of Bela-Bela was geared to possibly sense first-hand the high-voltage national political contestation, with the scheduled arrival of Presidential candidate, Jeff Radebe, on Sunday, 20 Agust.
The official ANC communique had it the Minister in the Presidency was visitng the multi-purpose centre at Extension 6 with regards to “policy feedback and Waterberg youth dialogue”.
However, the emotion-charged national political terrain ahead of the ANC December elective conference rightfully or wrongfully suggests otherwise.
Radebe is but one of a growing number of ANC heavyweights to have reportedly raised his hand to succeed President Jacob Zuma, both as party leader and head of state.
Coincidentally, on Monday, 14 August, the ANC provincial provincial working committees of Limpopo and Mpumalanga released a carefully-worded joint statement, “on the consolidation of approaches towards the 54th national conference for unity and cohesion.”
Limpopo was largely believed to be elective conference front-runner, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa country, while Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza was touted as a potential kingmaker, ahead of the hotly national summit.
“This meeting was informed by the need to protect the unity of the ANC, which is sacrosanct,” the joint communique stated.
5 months ago 17 August 2017