Mathale resigns, but says his conscience is clear

2013-07-16 00:00

POLOKWANE — Cassel Mathale, who yesterday resigned as the premier of Limpopo, said his conscience is clear and he never did anything wrong.

Despite popular opinion, Mathale said, he and the provincial government had acted against corruption and had not interfered with investigations.

He said he had submitted his resignation letter to Rudolph Phala, the speaker at the Limpopo legislature, in line with the ANC’s decision to redeploy him.

In March, Mathale was dismissed as the provincial chairperson of the ANC when the provincial executive committee was disbanded.

Mathale said he had done his best to improve the lives of people in his province.

The DA, Cope and Cosatu yesterday all said Mathale’s resignation was long overdue. The parties have been calling on President Jacob Zuma to fire Mathale since 2011, when five government departments in Limpopo were placed under national administration.

Desiree van der Walt, the DA’s caucus leader in the Limpopo legislature, said this vindicated two motions of no confidence that had been tabled against Mathale and then dismissed by the legislature.

Congress of the People acting provincial chairperson Patrick Sikhutshi said the premier’s MECs must all now resign.

Limpopo provincial government spokesperson Tebatso Mabitsela said while Mathale has resigned, he would continue to serve as premier until his resignation his confirmed. A special sitting of the legislature will then be called where the legislature can either elect a candidate it had already identified from within, or enlist a new member, who will be sworn in as premier.

Mabitsela could not say when the special sitting would be held nor who would be appointed as the new premier.

Education MEC Dickson Masemola, is the acting premier, while Stan Mathabatha, the South African ambassador to Ukraine and former executive head of the Limpopo Development Agency (LimDev), is touted as a possible candidate for the job.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu thanked Mathale for his work as premier and said he left a stable province in his wake.

Mathale’s reign


• Five departments are placed under national administration in 2011 after the province was declared bankrupt.

• The ANC’s provincial executive committee was disbanded in March 2013. Mathale is dismissed as its chairperson.

• The Hawks investigate alleged tender fraud in the Limpopo departments of Roads and Transport and Public Works.

• Public prosecutor Thuli Madonsela reports that a tender of R43 million was in 2011 awarded illegally to On Point Engineering, which has links to former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

• In 2012, textbooks are not delivered to pupils in grades 1, 3 and 10.


•  63 123 homes were built from 2009 to the end of March 2013.

• 1,2 million homes received water and

electricity, and 82 schools were built.

• Matric results improve from 48,9% in 2009 to 66,9% in 2012.

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