JOHANNESBURG - Mpumalanga's premier is emerging as a kingmaker in the ANC.
David Mabuza will lead more than 700 delegates at the party's elective conference.
But a new poll suggests he's missing the mark in his own province.
Mabuza's critics say he's always on the prowl, looking for opportunity.
"The Cat" is top of the food chain in the province, but he's been dogged by controversy.
Several local politicians have been killed in recent years and Mabuza has been accused of orchestrating those murders.
Either way, the latest MarkData survey commissioned by etv, which canvassed more than 200 ANC voters, does not make for good reading.
Nearly 80% said the province was failing to curb corruption.
Aske to rate Mabuza's performance, nearly 25% of those polled said they want a new premier, while just 16% said he should stay in office.
Mabuza has been linked to the pro-Zuma camp, but he's refusing to back a candidate for the ANC's presidency - at least, in public.
Respondents in the MarkData poll were a bit more vocal.
47% said they back Cyril Ramaphosa - that's three times the support for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
The Race: Ramaphosa in the lead in Mpumalanga
Mpumalanga's branches will finalise their nominations in the next few days.
Based on this poll, Ramaphosa is the favourite.
He released a list of his preferred top six earlier this month, with Mabuza not included on that list.
The key question now: will The Cat support a candidate who doesn't support him?