As Gauteng ANC branches ponder top 5, Bandile Masuku’s name keeps popping up

As the race for the ANC in the Gauteng Provincial Conference heats up, former health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku appears to be vying for a top five spot.

FILE: Former Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku speaks to the media in Johannesburg during a July 17, 2020 press briefing by the Provincial Command Council on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: @GautengProvince/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – As the race for the African National Congress (ANC) in the highly anticipated Gauteng Provincial Conference heats up, former health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku appears to be in contention for a top five spot.

Eyewitness News understands it to be a two-horse race between Masuku and Dr Kgosi Maepa in a list supporting MEC Education Panyaza Lesufi’s candidacy for Provincial President.

For his part, Lesufi faces Cooperative Governance MEC Lebogang Maile.

Nearly 100 branches participated in their nomination processes over the weekend, with Masuku’s name appearing on some lists.

The former health MEC has been fired following a report by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) into a tender for personal protective equipment (PPE) attributed to the late husband of the former presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko.

Masuku has been quiet since the saga first surfaced, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy. He remained in the legislature and resumed his practice.

His name now figures prominently in debates – at least for one list – over whether he was the right choice to replace outgoing Parks Tau as provincial treasurer.

Some supporters of Lesufi’s candidacy said Masuku was not the right person for the job, saying Maepa had more business experience and on-field support.

Meanwhile, Masuku, who was once provincial treasurer of the ANC Youth League, has popped up on nomination lists circulating on social media.

ANC branches appear to be forgoing the proposed slates, opting instead to name those they believe could change the beleaguered party’s luck in Gauteng.

Another name that appeared to be beyond a list was ANC provincial election director Thulani Kunene, who contested the post of secretary.

Regions in Gauteng will hold conferences in the coming weeks, with the province due to elect new leaders in June.

LISTEN: Africa Melana is joined by ROE senior political reporter Tshidi Madia to discuss some of the important issues that emerged from the ANC’s NEC meeting this weekend.

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