Former Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku seems to be making a political comeback.
Masuku was removed as health MEC for his lack of oversight in the Covid-19 personal protective equipment corruption scandal that engulfed the provincial health department in July 2020.
However, he remained a member of the provincial legislature in the finance portfolio and also remained in the ANC’s provincial executive committee.
Posters circulating on social media are touting Masuku as the next provincial treasurer in the upcoming ANC Gauteng provincial conference expected to take place in May.
Yesterday, Masuku told Sowetan he was available should he be asked to stand by branches.
“When comrades and branch tell leaders to avail themselves you have to oblige, and I will be available,” he said.
Masuku, who was elected to the national executive committee of the SA Students Congress (Sasco) in 2002 and became national spokesperson for the ANC Youth League in 2013, believes his previous leadership roles have prepared him “to manage the assets of the organisation”.
Preparations are underway in the ANC greater Johannesburg region, with ANC regional secretary Dada Morero and ANC caucus leader and former mayor Mpho Moerane expected to go head-to-head.
In an interview with the Sowetan, Morero said the region was well prepared to host the regional conference.
He said out of the region’s 135 branches, 94 branches needed to sit in order to meet the threshold for the sitting expected to take place from April 28 to May 1.
“We’ve received notices from branches that are ready. We’re expecting 10 to 15 branches to sit by the weekend. We have 135 branches in Joburg and we need to reach 70%, which in Joburg is 94 branches, to sit before we can have conference. We need to reach that by the second week of April,” he said.
Morero, who is contesting for regional chair after having served three terms as the regional secretary, said he had never lost a conference before.
“This is not necessarily a next step because I’m still in the same committee, the difference is I’ll be chairing it,” he said.
“I’ve not lost a conference. I contested as secretary for three terms but you never know. You may go in there and lose.”
Morero said in order to contest at regional level, one needed to have 20% of branches behind them, which translated to 27 branches.
“Conference is on track. There is contestation. In the main, it’s myself and Mpho. There are others but their support is not great,” he said.
“We suspect Eunice [Mgcina] will contest the deputy chair.”