‘Long overdue’ disbanding of Limpopo PEC welcomed

2013-03-18 13:30

Business people, trade unions and opposition parties in Limpopo have welcomed the ANC’s decision to dissolve the party’s leadership in Limpopo, saying the move was “long overdue”.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions in Limpopo, which has for the past two years been calling for the ANC to axe premier Cassel Mathale, said whoever is appointed to lead the province should be able to unite the tripartite alliance.

Cosatu secretary in Limpopo Dan Sebabi: “Whoever takes over should lead the ANC, so that in turn, it will lead society. If you lead a faction, you can’t lead society.”

Mathale was often accused of leading a faction of tenderprenuers known as the “Limpopo Mafia”. Previously Sebabi had urged Mathale, a businessman, to focus fulltime on his businesses as he was a better entrepreneur than he was a premier.

“The decision is good, we must now put up processes to create jobs, deliver books and medicines on time and stop the corruption,” said Sebabi, adding there was no time to celebrate the demise of the Limpopo PEC.

Saviko Mabunda of the Forum of Limpopo Entrepreneurs said the axing of Mathale and his leadership was welcome.

“Business people have suffered greatly under this leadership. We are now happy that government tenders will be free and open to everybody. They will be transparent. For businesspeople, it’s a good decision that is actually long overdue”.

The SA Communist Party in Limpopo, which has also been calling for the PEC to be axed, said the decision was appropriate.

Spokesman Machike Thobejane: “We want to appreciate that the ANC has made the most appropriate action. The decision will go a long way towards empowering the ANC to be strengthened in its efforts to deliver quality services. The decision is also in keeping with the expectations of the people”. Thobejane said a belated decision was better than no decision at all.

Boy Mamabolo, an ex-friend of former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, said it’s the best news he has heard in a long time.

“We have been waiting for this news. The ANCYL and the ANC in Limpopo were in the ICU. They were run from the boots of certain people. In Limpopo we need an ANC that is sober-minded. The ANC in Limpopo insulted President Jacob Zuma, calling him a rapist, etc. If Luthuli House leaves them intact they will have to campaign for the ANC ahead of the elections next year. This means that they will have to go back to people and tell them ‘No, Zuma is not a rapist, we lied to you’.”

Mamabolo, who last year celebrated Malema’s axing from the ANC by parading a mock coffin in the streets of Seshego, said there is another celebration in Seshego in the afternoon.

The DA’s leader in Limpopo Jacque Smalle also expressed the same sentiments.

“When the province was placed under administration, it was clear that things were wrong. Zuma could have gotten rid of Mathale then. Going forward, our concern is who is going to take over from Mathale.”

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