The Haymakers – Limpopo’s lead lobbyist

2012-10-13 18:29

Limpopo is the province where the first sparks of dissent against President Jacob Zuma were ignited, and it’s where Premier Cassel Mathale is in charge – although sometimes his hold seems tenuous.

When the troubles started for former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, his wingman Mathale took up the anti-Zuma battle as if he was also in the dogbox.

But soon it did become personal for Mathale.

He was stripped of significant power when five provincial departments were placed under administration by National Treasury.

Long before Malema’s expulsion from the youth league, he and Mathale were caucusing with their Limpopo allies about how to get rid of Zuma come Mangaung.

As ANC’s Limpopo chairperson, Mathale has the power to call meetings, visit branches and manipulate processes to move in his favour – power he is said to use without batting an eyelid.

Although he has not been charged with any crime, his name has popped up during a series of investigations into Malema.

Sources in the province say Mathale hopes a change of leadership at Mangaung will make any suggestions of impropriety disappear and save Malema from prosecution, too.

Mathale is not as forceful as Malema, and he does not seek out public platforms to make his views known. But behind the scenes, he is a key player in the campaign to make Kgalema Motlanthe president.

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