Mbekezeli Mbuli and Mireille de Villiers
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17 Nov 2015
10:06 am

Mabuza back at work amid calls for his removal

Mbekezeli Mbuli and Mireille de Villiers

He had been on sick leave for almost three months.

FILE PICTURE: David Mabuza. (Photo by Gallo Images / Duif du Toit)

Mpumalanga premier, David Mabuza is expected to return to work today.

Mabuza has been on sick leave since September. It is believed he had first fallen ill on 7 September and was on the same day examined at Mediclinic Nelspruit before being transferred to an unknown hospital in Gauteng. He was being treated for fatigue his office said.

Mabuza’s return to office comes amid calls for the appointment of a new premier by official opposition parties in the legislature, Mpumalanga News reported.

“The time has come for the ANC to show decisive leadership,” the Democratic Alliance (DA) said in a statement.

“Instead of burdening the province with an acting premier, they must stand up and support the opposition parties’ call for the appointment of a new premier.

“While the DA sympathises with the premier and wishes him a speedy recovery, the province cannot continue to function under the current level of uncertainty,” the statement read.

Before this, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had raised a motion during the fifth legislature sitting, for the election of a new premier.

In a statement released by his office last week, Mabuza’s spokesperson Zibonele Mncwango Premier appreciated messages of support and prayers from well-wishers.

“He says it was indeed most unfortunate that he had not been well, however he felt there was a need to extend his recuperation period,” Mncwango said.

Meanwhile, lobbyist group, Save ANC Mpumalanga said there was no other choice but to set up alternative leaderships within the party.

The group said they had exhausted all available avenues to fight the “slate voting” in the ANC’s Mpumalanga branches, Lowvelder reported.

“We thought the ANC would intervene in the affected branches, but we have given them ample time to do that. Now we will resolve disputes ourselves,” leader of the group Sipho Monareng said.

“We will reinstate branches that were disbanded illegally. We will conduct the process of nominations in all branches where they have been tampered with by the ANC.

“We are going back to the branches, seeing that there is no provincial executive to lead the way. We will ask the community to elect their own people who will be councillors.”

“We cannot be seated as spectators while they violate the constitution of the ANC.

“There will be two ANCs in the community, with the one asking the people who must lead. We are going towards an ANC where we will be sorry to have been a part of it. They don’t understand it is not about them, but the love of their people.”

The campaigners said they were ready to take the matter to court, but would do so only as an absolute last resort.

– Caxton News Service