ANC NEC member Fikile Mbalula is seen at the Nelson Mandela Stadium on 16 April 2016. He was attending the party's election manifesto launch.
JOHANNESBURG – Former Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has been appointed to head the African National Congress (ANC)’s elections machinery at Luthuli House.
His appointment to the party’s headquarters follows his removal from Cabinet by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night.
The ANC said his appointment follows a decision by the party’s special National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held last weekend to deploy several chairpersons of committees to Luthuli House.
This was in line with resolutions of successive national conferences in a bid to expand and strengthen the organisation’s capacity to execute the tasks and demands of the current phase of the revolution.
“Comrade Fikile Mbalula has served the movement for many years with utmost determination and commitment, having served as both the Secretary-General and President of the ANC Youth League for almost a decade,” ANC Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte said.
“He has also served as a member of Cabinet for over a decade, recently serving as Minister of Police.
“The ANC is confident of Comrade Mbalula’s leadership at the helm of our elections machinery as we advance towards a landslide victory in the 2019 National Elections.”