SACP calls for premier’s resignation

2010-11-08 12:55

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in Mpumalanga has called on the province’s premier David Mabuza to resign.

SACP provincial secretary Bonakele Majuba said during a media conference in Nelspruit today that the reasons for the party’s decision was based on Mabuza’s failure to consult the tripartite alliance about the reshuffle and the deteriorating state of governance in the province.

The SACP provincial executive committee (PEC) took the decision yesterday in Emalahleni, he said.

The call follows that of the Democratic Alliance (DA), which also said the Mabuza should have resigned as premier instead of reshuffling his cabinet last
week.

“We believe that [the premier] has been given an opportunity to prove himself but he has dismally failed. This province is factionalised, is not safe for political activity, our health and education system is deteriorating, and our fight against crime and corruption is very weak,” Majuba said.

He said that Mabuza was continuously undermining the alliance especially when important decisions that affect the province were to be taken.

“We acknowledge that it is the premier’s prerogative to reshuffle cabinet, but it is the ANC’s responsibility to consult with allies when there are major decisions to be taken,” Majuba said.

Majuba added that the SACP was tired of the province being perceived as a capital of corruption and crime, particularly the murder and attacks on politicians.

Provincial ANC spokesperson Paul Mbenyane said he will be able to comment after the ANC PEC meeting, which is currently in session.

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