Limpopo opposition ‘back Mathale’

2013-04-05 08:58

Opposition parties in Limpopo have come to premier Cassel Mathale’s defence against the ANC.

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, The Star reported today.

The African National Congress’ provincial task team (PTT) had also apparently imposed a moratorium on 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.

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 chairman.

City Press reported on Wednesday the PTT ordered Mathale and his cabinet to compile reports about tenders and appointments made in the recent past.

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

Lediga said the PTT wanted to know the processes leading to the appointment of senior managers and the awarding of tenders were fair, transparent and blameless.

“We just want to know that all tenders being issued are being issued correctly,” he said.

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

He said 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.

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