On-line, 23 November 2002, Western Cape ANC snubs Manto over Aids
Tshabalala-Msimang, the minister of health, has been given a slap in the face by
the Western Cape African National Congress.
has been identified as one of the hardline Aids dissenters in the government.
She has been excluded from its list of candidates for election to the national
executive committee (NEC). The ANC will elect officer-bearers and members of the
NEC at its national conference to be held in Stellenbosch next month.
More than 300 branch delegates of the ANC Western Cape as well as members of the
regional executive committee and the provincial executive committee met recently
to finalise the province's election list.
All ANC cabinet ministers were nominated for the NEC with the pointed exception
of Tshabalala-Msimang, who also has a position on the ANC's national working
committee. An ANC source in the province said that her exclusion was an
indication of grassroots unhappiness with the health minister, particularly over
her policies on HIV/Aids.
on the ground are quite politically astute because they can see that people are
dying of Aids - their family members and friends - yet Manto has been fighting
battles to deny these same people anti-retrovirals," said another source.
exclusion is also a subtle message to the government to rethink its policies on
HIV/Aids and to review its vacillating views on providing anti-retroviral drugs
to Aids sufferers.
ANC members in the province have been at pains to point out that the health
minister's exclusion was not the result of an orchestrated campaign.
appears that a natural consensus had emerged about the health minister and her
performance because only two of the provinces six regions had nominated her for
a position on the NEC.
will probably prevail because she has been nominated for an ANC position by the
ANC Youth League and other provinces are bound to nominate her, said political
surprise on the
list was the inclusion of Blade Nzimande and Jeremy Cronin, both leading South
African Communist Party members, despite an apparent attempt by Luthuli House to
purge the ANC of ultra-leftists.
who has a reputation as a hard worker, enjoys much support in the Western
since he was nominated by all six ANC regions in the province. Other ANC members
who also received unanimous support from the regions are: Trevor Manuel, the
minister of finance, Naledi Pandor, the chairperson of the national council of
provinces, Baleka Mbete, the deputy chairperson of the national assembly, Dullah
Omar, the minister of transport and Zola Skweyiya, the social development
on this list is Tony Yengeni, the former ANC chief whip, who appears to be
making a comeback after being charged with fraud.
has also been included in the team of heavy-hitters, including several cabinet
ministers, which has been dispatched by ANC headquarters to Eastern
to sort out the leadership and organisational crisis there.