NDZ’s sup­port­ers want Matha­batha out

Cabi­net reshuf­fle at heart of call to quit

Sowetan - - News - By Ng­wako Mod­jadji

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s sup­port­ers in Lim­popo have re­newed their call for Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to in­struct Lim­popo premier Stan Matha­batha to re­sign fol­low­ing his cabi­net reshuf­fle last week.

Matha­batha an­gered the group last week when he an­nounced the cabi­net reshuf­fle which saw Makoma Makhu­ru­petje, Dlamini-Zuma’s chief lob­by­ist in the province, moved from the pow­er­ful and in­flu­en­tial cor­po­rate gov­er­nance and hu­man set­tle­ments port­fo­lio to the less in­flu­en­tial trans­port and com­mu­nity safety depart­ment.

Sowe­tan un­der­stands that Dlamini-Zuma’s sup­port­ers, who in­clude MECs and some re­gional lead­ers, con­tacted Zuma over the week­end ask­ing him to or­der Matha­batha to re­sign. Matha­batha is a strong sup­porter of Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

Makhu­ru­petje, who is ANC deputy sec­re­tary in Lim­popo, is among lead­ers who want Dlamini-Zuma to be the next ANC pres­i­dent.

Matha­batha’s spokesman, Kenny Mathivha, yes­ter­day said he was not aware of any fresh at­tempts ask­ing the premier to step down.

Khum­budzo Nt­shavheni, ANC Lim­popo spokes­woman, said the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) was also not aware of plans to force Matha­batha to re­sign.

“It re­mains the pre­rog­a­tive of the [ANC] pres­i­dent, in con­sul­ta­tion with the NEC [na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee] to re­move or ap­point pre­miers. As a PEC we re­main con­fi­dent in the premier,” Nt­shavheni said.

Ear­lier this year, some PEC mem­bers al­legedly vis­ited Zuma at Nkandla and at his of­fi­cial res­i­dence Mahlamba Nd­lopfu in Pre­to­ria to ask him to in­struct Matha­batha to re­sign.

The con­sti­tu­tion does not al­low Zuma as the pres­i­dent of the coun­try to fire pre­miers. A premier can only be re­moved by the leg­is­la­ture.

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