SACP’s Majuba walks a tightrope

Wearing two political hats has proved to be a dilemma for the South African Communist Party (SACP) secretary in Mpumalanga, Bonakele Majuba.

On Monday last week Majuba was seething with anger as he called for Premier David Mabuza to resign for failing to consult the tripartite alliance when he reshuffled his cabinet.

However, during a legislature sitting yesterday, Majuba, who is an ANC member, was in his element defending Mabuza against the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) call for him to step down for firing best-performing MECs.

Majuba, however, reiterated his party’s statement when approached for comment today that Mabuza must resign.“The SACP never changed its position.

 It must be understood that in the legislature I defend the position of the ANC, and that doesn’t mean the SACP has changed its position,” Majuba said.“We’re not mincing our words.

The premier is failing to lead because he’s not consulting the tripartite alliance,” he added.

DA leader Anthony Benadie had told the legislature that Mabuza should have removed education MEC Regina Mhaule and her health counterpart, Dikeledi Mahlangu, instead of removing former MEC Jabu Mahlangu for economic development and Meshack Malinga for agriculture.

“The premier protected his allies and retained the weak. Mahlangu had a consistent delivery track record. Did Mabuza reshuffle the cabinet to increase his leverage?” Benadie asked.

He added that Mabuza’s campaign to remove dissidents also played out in municipalities where he put those led by his political opponents under administration and leaving the worst-performing ones because they were led by his sympathisers.Majuba said Benadie was a “drama queen”.

“People have shown confidence in the ANC, but we’ve seen a drama queen emerge to claim undeserved attention by using lies to undermine the premier. The ANC supports the sterling work done by the premier,” Majuba said.The sitting was attended by provincial ANC secretary Lucky Ndinisa.

Benadie said Majuba was trying to save his political career.

“Ndinisa came here because he heard you (Majuba) were going to support me. You (Majuba) said in the media that you supported the DA’s call for the premier to resign,” said Benadie.

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