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Gauteng ANC to return the same old cadres as mayors despite dismal electoral performance

Many of those punted for the mayoral roles have been part of previous ANC administrations in the key municipalities where it suffered losses

ohannesburg mayor Mpho Moerane will retain position if coalition talks favours ANC ’s leadership of SA’s richest metro.
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The ANC in Gauteng is preparing to line up mayoral candidates who could leadseveral municipalities after coalition talks, if it has its way. 

Many of those punted for the mayoral roles have been part of previous ANC administrations in the key municipalities where it suffered losses.

Sowetan has learnt from at least five regional leaders in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Sedibeng that the structures had made their preferences known to the provincial ANC leadership.

In Johannesburg, outgoing mayor Mpho Moerane is said to be preferred among the party’s three nominees that have been fielded by the region, according to regional leaders.

Moerane is said to be fielded alongside acting ANC regional chair Eunice Mgcina and regional secretary Dada Morero.

ANC deputy regional secretary Loyiso Masuku, who topped the list of public representative (PR) candidates, did not feature among those shortlisted.

ANC Greater Johannesburg regional spokesperson Sasabona Manganye confirmed that the trio were on the list forwarded to the province.

In Tshwane, regional chair Kgosi Maepa was also not shortlisted by the regional executive despite topping the list, while his rival, regional executive member Frans Boshielo was recommended alongside two other candidates, Rebecca Morudi and Simphiwe Mbatha.

Tshwane regional secretary Eugene Modise could not confirm or deny that the three were on the list.

Boshielo, a former deputy city manager in the capital city before 2016, holds a master’s degree in sociology, among other qualifications.

Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina was also a shoe-in to retain his post if the ANC managed to cobble a coalition pact together in the metro, as he tops the list from the region, according to at least two regional executive committee members.

Masina, who has led Ekurhuleni through a coalition since 2016, lists a master’s degree in entrepreneurship among his numerous qualifications.

The Gauteng provincial executive committee had already discussed some of the names on Tuesday and sent them to ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte for consideration by the party’s officials ahead of the ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Saturday, where the final list of mayoral candidates would be finalised.

In the Lesedi local municipality, where the party secured more than 50% of the vote but only managed to keep half of the 26 seats in council, outgoing mayor Mluleki Nkosi was in pole position to return to the post as he was recommended, alongside former speaker Mapule Motsepe.

Nkosi holds a national diploma in commercial practice as well as a certificate of leadership in municipal governance from Wits University, while Motsepe secured her national senior certificate in 2019 as well as attained a leadership skills certificate in 2020, according to the municipality’s website.

In the Sedibeng district municipality, outgoing mayor Lerato Maloka is set for a comeback as she topped the list and was recommended among the three mayoral candidates to take over the post, according to leaders in the region.

Maloka has been nominated alongside Thembi Buthongo and Mamohale Moloi, who were seventh and eighth on the party’s candidate list for the district.

–Sowetanlive

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