Cassel Mathale redeployed

2013-07-16 10:15

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale will be redeployed to the National Assembly.

Speaking to Talk Radio 702 presenter John Robbie, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe justified Mathale’s move, saying: “He was redeployed, because that was the decision taken.”

He refused to elaborate about Mathale’s performance as premier.

Mathale announced yesterday that he had sent a letter of resignation to the speaker of the Limpopo legislature after the ANC told him he had been “recalled”.

The ANC’s provincial task team (PTT) in Limpopo accepted his resignation as premier.

The PTT was established earlier this year after the ANC dissolved the party’s provincial executive committee (PEC).

Eye Witness News reported on its website that Mathale had lost his position as PEC chairman, because of “un-ANC behaviour and institutionalised factional conduct”.

Following Mathale’s resignation, the PTT hoped the legislature would install an acting premier “with immediate effect”.

The ANC’s head office thanked Mathale for his leadership role as premier, and for leaving a “prosperous, thriving and stable province”, despite some challenges.

The party had said it looked forward to working with him in the future.

The radio station said Mathale’s departure had been welcomed by political parties and the National Education, Health, and Allied Workers’ Union.

Provincial government spokesperson Tebatso Mabitsela reportedly said Mathale would remain in his position until his resignation had been confirmed in a legislature sitting.

Mathale was appointed premier on May 9 2009.

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