Mabuza sent hooligans to Mohlala lecture – SACP

2015-01-28 15:18

The SACP in Mpumalanga has named Premier David Mabuza as the instigator of the violence that disrupted its lecture on Sunday.

The party had invited former Mpumalanga premier and ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa to speak at the memorial lecture honouring former Mbombela council speaker Jimmy Mohlala and SACP stalwart Joe Slovo at KaNyamazane near Mbombela.

But crowds clad in ANC T-shirts prevented the SACP from entering the hall in full view of ANC Ehlanzeni regional executive committee (REC) members.

The REC leadership had warned their SACP counterparts during the week to cancel the lecture because they disliked the fact that Phosa and provincial SACP secretary Bonakele Majuba were billed to speak.

Majuba told a media conference in KaNyamazane today that he met Mabuza at the ANC national executive committee (NEC) lekgotla and asked him about the anarchy.

“I asked him: ‘Why are you sending hooligans to assault our members? He said: Why are you inviting Phosa to the memorial lecture?” said Majuba.

“This explains why, as ANC leader in the province, he has not visited the injured people in hospital or condemned what happened. It has taken the NEC to speak about this ,” he added.

Mpumalanga ANC spokesperson Sibusiso Themba responded: “We don’t know that they spoke and we won’t answer something we have no knowledge of.”

Majuba said Mabuza’s leadership style had failed to inspire confidence and he, as an individual, was the problem and not the ANC.

The SACP has also expressed doubts that an investigation to be conducted by the ANC provincial committee committee (PEC), which is led by Mabuza, into the incident would be fair and said it preferred the NEC to handle it.

How the violence started

The ANC members arrived before the conference started and closed the gate to the hall. They then barged into a leadership prelecture preparatory meeting and threw chairs at the participants.

All this happened while the REC members were standing by and busy giving comments to the media that they condemned the disruption, but were doing nothing to tell the crowds to stop.

Some of the SACP members bought new pickaxe handles and also carried broom sticks and sjamboks before they forced their way into the hall.

The ANC members followed and threw stones, bricks and broom sticks they had brought with them. A few gunshots were fired but no one was killed. Six SACP members, including Ehlanzeni regional secretary Bhobert Nkosi, are still being treated in hospital.

Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said police have opened a case of public violence while people who were affected by the violence opened two cases of malicious damage to property and one case of common assault.

Spy allegations

Phosa has angered Mabuza’s faction in the ANC after it became known that he had submitted a document to Luthuli House, which implied that Mabuza could have been an apartheid spy.

Mabuza has denied this and threatened to sue Phosa for R10 million. He also said he would ask President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry.

Phosa said he has not received Mabuza’s legal papers, while Mabuza’s spokesperson Zibonele Mncwango said he was not aware of the progress and could only speak to Mabuza after the NEC lekgotla tomorrow.

Phosa said: “I have not received papers… that was a bubble. All I know is that the ANC is dealing with the matter and I have confidence that they are handling it very well.”

Zuma’s spokesperson Mac Maharaj has since December not indicated if the president would appoint the commission or not.

Political assassinations

The SACP has been calling on national police commissioner Riah Phiyega to release an investigation report into the political assassinations in the province. The investigation was initiated by her predecessor Bheki Cele.

Mohlala was shot dead in 2009 while exposing corruption into the R1.2 billion Mbombela Stadium tenders.

The SACP believes that Mohlala’s assassination had to do with the rot that has become entrenched in the running of the ANC.

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