Forgotten former minister Malusi Gigaba plots huge comeback

Forgotten former minister Malusi Gigaba plots huge comeback

The ANC elective conference in December is set to be full of shocks and surprises.

Many people have put up their names and one Malusi Gigaba has now reportedly thrown his name into the hat.

A former ANC youth league president and former minister in Jacob Zuma’s cabinet, Gigaba is eyeing the Secretary General position.

“First and foremost, the ANC needs an SG who is going to be there. One of the things that have been lacking, among the weaknesses of the movement in the last five years, is that the SG only served virtually half of the term. For the rest of the term, the SG has been on a step aside and was not available, which created a dilemma for the head office.”

The incumbent, whom Gigaba was determined not to name, is Ace Magashule, currently suspended.

“The SG is the head of administration of an organisation. He must have a complete national sense of the ANC.”

The idea of the lay of the land the SG must have, according to Gigaba, begins with winning the elections “decisively”.

“This should be the principal mandate for the next 18 months.”

The SG must ensure the ties with the ruling parties in BRICS are strong and he should be active in forging these relations for the benefit of the country.


Gigaba said the position was not just a menial organisational one.

“It is politically significant. You are like the chief executive of the organisation,” he said of the job he’s eyeing.

Try as he might, it is not easy for a man who has served variously as minister of home affairs, public enterprises and finance to be modest.

Source: The Sunday Independent Sun, 9 Oct 2022

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