Limpopo opposition back Mathale

2013-04-05 10:25
Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale. (File, Sapa)

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale. (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Opposition parties in Limpopo have come to Premier Cassel Mathale's defence against the ANC, The Star reported on Friday.

Both the Democratic Alliance and the Congress of the People have criticised the ruling party's decision to strip Mathale of his administrative powers, barring him from dispersing tenders, according to the report.

The African National Congress' provincial task team (PTT) had also apparently imposed a moratorium in the filling of vacancies in the Limpopo government.

Last month, the provincial executive committee (PEC) was dissolved after a decision taken by the ANC's national executive committee.

Dissolved

At the time, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said Limpopo's PEC was dissolved because of its "un-ANC behaviour and institutionalised factional conduct".

Mantashe said dissolving the PEC would not affect government positions.

Mathale was Limpopo ANC chairperson.

According to the report, the PTT on Wednesday ordered Mathale and his cabinet to compile reports about tenders and appointments made in the recent past.

However, PTT spokesperson Sello Lediga denied there was a moratorium.

"The only thing we asked was the reports about appointments made in the past so that we can detect if there is corruption," he told the newspaper.

Criticism

Cope MPL Johann Abrie called on President Jacob Zuma "to rein in his loyalists who are now in political power".

He highlighted that Mathale remained premier despite having lost his position within the ANC.

DA MPL Desiree van der Walt said she would "urge" the national Treasury to remind the PTT that it had no mandate to pronounce on how tenders were awarded.

"While Premier Mathale should be removed from office for the collapse of delivery in Limpopo... he cannot be replaced by more of the same," she was quoted as saying.

Abrie also urged Zuma to remove Mathale from office.

Read more on:    cassel mathale  |  gwede mantashe  |  polokwane  |  politics

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