Lights out for Limpopo’s leaders?

2013-03-17 10:00

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Limpopo’s Premier and ANC chairperson, Cassel Mathale, is set to become the biggest casualty at the party’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting this weekend.

Mathale and the entire Limpopo ANC leadership are expected to be given the boot, with an interim leadership being put in place to run the troubled province.

The province was rocked by vicious in-fighting ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in Mangaung in December.

The provincial leadership courted disaster when it publicly threw its hat into the ring in support of Kgalema Motlanthe, then ANC deputy president, to replace President Jacob Zuma as the party’s president.

There were bitter battles between those who backed Motlanthe and those who wanted Zuma for a second term.

A source in the Limpopo provincial executive committee said they had already heard that the NEC had recommended their dissolution.

The source, who asked not to be named, said some people had already been approached to sit on the provincial task team that will take over if the NEC accepts the recommendation and sacks them.

There are several high-profile leaders from Limpopo on the NEC who could lead the task team, including former central bank governor Tito Mboweni and Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Joe Phaahla.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the NEC would discuss a report of the ANC’s national working committee, which visited troubled provinces like Limpopo, North West, Eastern Cape and Free State.

Northern Cape will not be discussed, even though its chairperson, John Block, faces numerous criminal charges and its Premier, Hazel Jenkins, has been ill for more than a year.

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