Sources at Luthuli House, the ANC’s headquarters in Johannesburg, told The Citizen the protest came after several pleas with the national leadership to remove Mabuza from office. The sources, who asked to remain anonymous, said the enraged ANC members went to Luthuli House and demanded to have an urgent meeting with ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.
“Mantashe refused and referred them back to the Mpumalanga provincial spokesperson, Lucky Ndinisa,” said a source.
“His refusal further infuriated the group and they started protesting inside the building, but the protest was peaceful.”
The source added that the members were worried about what they called the poor state of preparation for the up-coming elections in the province.
ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu admitted party members from Mpumalanga went to Luthuli House and demanded to speak to Mantashe.
“I don’t know anything about the protest and what those people wanted,” Mthembu said.
However, Mabuza’s spokesperson Zibonele Mncwango confirmed that ANC members protested against the premier at the ANC’s headquarters.
“Mantashe turned them back and called them factionalists. The premier is not going anywhere and his future will be decided by the ANC,” Mncwango said.
Mabuza, who topped the Mpumalanga provincial election list, is a staunch ally of President Jacob Zuma.