Mathale’s job ‘safe for now’

2012-02-06 16:50

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale is safe in his position, for now, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has said.

The ANC’s provincial executive committee (PEC) will also be allowed to continue while complaints against the way it was elected are investigated.

Mantashe told journalists at a briefing on the party’s four-day national executive committee (NEC) meeting, which ended yesterday, “there is no case in the ANC against Cassel Mathale”.

This is despite the fact that trade unionists protested in front of his office on Friday, asking for his resignation.

There were also rumours before this weekend’s NEC meeting that Mathale would be sacked this week.

Mantashe said the ANC could not remove its public representatives every time protesters asked for their resignation.

“There will be chaos out there if people protested and we sack a premier or mayor or councillors (every time). People must make a case and we will deal with this formally and structurally,” he said.

Mantashe said there was no call by the NEC to disband the Limpopo’s ANC leadership.

But he did confirm that a report detailing the complaints against the current leaders was tabled in the meeting.

“We agreed that the PEC should continue but we will continue to investigate the disputes,” he said.

Mantashe said these disputes would not be discussed publicly, but submissions would be made to the relevant party structures.

“If it is tabled, do you now want us to make pamphlets of the disputes?” he said.

There were complaints following the Limpopo ANC’s conference in December, where Mathale was re-elected with a narrow majority of 82 votes.

The complaints came from Mathale’s critics, who alleged the accreditation process for the conference was rigged.

They said more people ended up voting than were accredited.

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