FORMER Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni may return to Parliament in this year’s general election.
He is at number six on the Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) list of candidates to take up Cabinet posts after the 2014 polls.
He is considered to be a pragmatic politician with a sound track record in policy-making, and as former Bank governor, he is expected to be welcomed by financial markets.
Mr Mboweni was re-elected to serve on the ANC’s highest decision-making body, its national executive committee (NEC), at the party’s conference in Mangaung in 2012.
The ANC is to kick off compiling its final list of candidates for parliament and provincial legislatures early next week at a national list conference.
The meeting will be preceded by an NEC lekgotla, which will review the ruling party’s performance as it closes its fourth term in government. President Jacob Zuma is expected to top the party’s list of candidates for the National Assembly, despite reports of concern about the effect of the Nkandla scandal — over state spending at Mr Zuma’s private home — on the ANC’s prospects.
The ANC launched its election manifesto earlier this month.
The NEC lekgotla, said ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu, would examine the way forward in the fifth term, through prioritising commitments made in the party’s manifesto. It would set the tone for an upcoming Cabinet lekgotla and Mr Zuma’s state of the nation address next month.
The lists conference, which was delayed due to the death of former president Nelson Mandela last year, will consolidate candidate lists from the nine provinces and sort through them to ensure candidates meet the stipulated criteria.
Criteria include experience — 60% or more of the candidates must be sitting MPs or MPLs — geographical spread, expertise, and a high representation of women.
Candidates must not have a criminal record and no history of ill-discipline or corruption.
Each province provides three names, their top candidates for the position of premier after the election. In Gauteng, an influential province due to its population size and its economic significance, ANC provincial secretary David Makhura tops the list, followed by education MEC Barbara Creecy, and Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile.
The ANC’s Gauteng province, whose provincial general council, held last year, was nullified by the NEC which found procedural irregularities, will reconvene that gathering on Thursday.
At the conference it is set to elect a deputy secretary to replace former local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi, who was elected to serve in the party’s national leadership at Mangaung in 2012.
The provincial general council last year — nullified by the NEC — elected former West Rand regional secretary Boyce Maneli as provincial deputy secretary.
The ANC’s Gauteng province has been in the spotlight due to its failure to support Mr Zuma at Mangaung.
Mr Zuma’s staunchest ally in the province, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, is absent from the top 10 leaders in the provincial list, coming in at number 13.
The Democratic Alliance is to finalise its candidate lists on Friday.