Plot To Fire Limpopo Premier Mathabatha: Though Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has been away from his first political home – the African National Congress (ANC) – for some years now, he has always been trusted for public and confidential information about the ruling party.
Ranging from matters that relate to President Zuma, who was once his ‘master’, to the whole shebang going on in the ruling party’s camp, Juju knows how and where to get the information, any time, any day. No wonder South Africans dubbed him “the EFF bulldog”.
This time, the chief fighter has given South Africans the inside scoop on what is happening in the ANC camp of his home province, Limpopo.
According to Malema, plans are on ground to fire Limpopo Premier Mathabatha from his position. He claimed that Mathabatha appeared before the ANC on Friday to give reasons on why he should not be fired.
The premier league, through their Limpopo disciples allegedly led by Limpopo ANC Provincial Secretary Nocks Seabi, is lobbying for the removal of Premier Stan Mathabatha from office before his term of office expires in 2019.
Seabi is reportedly backing Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be the party’s next president, while Mathabatha is apparently rallying behind Deputy Cyril Ramaphosa to take the top job.
The so-called premier league is an unofficial and unconfirmed bloc made up of Mpumalanga, Free State and North West premiers David Mabuza, Ace Magashule and Supra Mahumapelo, respectively.
In a document which circulated recently among the ANC, the league alleged that the Limpopo Premier relinquished his political and administrative powers to the party’s provincial treasurer, Danny Msiza, an act they described as a sign of weak leadership.
Calls for his removal were also echoed by the provincial youth league and National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), who accused him of failing to steer the province – both the provincial government and the ANC as provincial chairperson – in the right direction.
Last week, party leaders in the province called for a motion of no confidence in Limpopo Premier Mathabatha. The group had earlier visited President Zuma, requesting him to show the premier the exit door.
Division over Mathabatha’s stay continues to deepen in the province, as one faction is gunning for Seabi to replace Mathabatha, while the other is lobbying for provincial treasurer Danny Msiza to lead in Mathabatha’s stead.