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Sunday World - - News - MZWANDILE KABIZOKWAKHE and NKU­L­ULEKO NCANA

THE Gaut­eng ANC has thrown down the gaunt­let in its on­go­ing duel with Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

This time Mama Ac­tion” was ve­toed by her ANC lead­ers from ax­ing for­mer MEC of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment Qedani Mahlangu.

Sun­day World was re­li­ably in­formed of these de­vel­op­ments by var­i­ous sources both in govern­ment and in the pro­vin­cial ANC.

It is un­der­stood that sev­eral weeks ago Mokonyane asked Mahlangu in a let­ter why she should not be sus­pended for miss­ing ten­der doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to R60-mil­lion ear­marked for the youth em­ploy­ment strategy.

She [Mahlangu] then con­sulted other com­rades, in­clud­ing Min­is­ter of Arts and Cul­ture and Gaut­eng ANC chair­man Paul Mashatile, who ad­vised her how to re­spond,” said a source close to Mahlangu, who is now in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment MEC.

But when con­tacted for comment, Mahlangu said: Where do you get these things? These is­sues are above my level. I don’t know why I was ap­pointed to this po­si­tion, so I won’t know why I will be re­moved. This is the first time I’ve heard about this.”

When asked about his ap­par­ent in­ter­ven­tion, Mashatile said: We know noth­ing about this noth­ing at all.”

Sun­day World un­der­stands that Mokonyane in­sti­tuted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Depart­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment aimed pri­mar­ily at oust­ing Mahlangu the depart­ment’s ex-MEC from her govern­ment po­si­tion.

Mahlangu was moved to in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and re­placed by Nkosiphen­d­ule Kolisile dur­ing Mokonyane s cab­i­net reshuf­fle last year. Kolisile was killed in a car crash in July.

Mokonyane s in­ves­ti­ga­tions have nailed for­mer eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment head of depart­ment Khulu Radebe.

Radebe was sus­pended and fired but sub­se­quently paid a set­tle­ment of about R2.5-mil­lion by the govern­ment af­ter he suc­cess­fully chal­lenged his dis­missal in court.

The depart­ment con­firmed on Fri­day that Radebe had been fired even though he told Sun­day World on Wed­nes­day that he had not been. He de­clined to comment fur­ther.

Mokonyane s in­ves­ti­ga­tion, seen by her op­po­nents as a witch-hunt, also led to the sus­pen­sion of four other eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment se­nior staff last week.

The depart­ment con­firmed the high-level pre­cau­tion­ary sus­pen- sions of act­ing deputy di­rec­tor­gen­eral for cor­po­rate ser­vices Jo­han van der Merwe; the chief di­rec­tor and head of project man­age­ment of­fices No­mawethu Du­ruwe; ICT project man­age­ment of­fice head Linda Canca; and gov­er­nance deputy di­rec­tor Moeketsi Valashiya.

The of­fi­cials are charged with neg­li­gence in per­form­ing their du­ties,” said spokes­woman Phindile Kunene. We hope that this sends an un­equiv­o­cal mes­sage that the Gaut­eng govern­ment will not tol­er­ate non­per­for­mance and lack of ac­count­abil­ity as this jeop­ar­dises our ca­pac­ity to de­liver to cit­i­zens.”

ANC lead­ers told Sun­day World that the al­leged move to oust Mahlangu is part of a big­ger plot to weaken Mashatile’s camp be­fore the party s list con­fer­ence next month.

Mokonyane, a key ally of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, was re­cently re­jected by Gaut­eng branches in her bid to se­cure a se­cond term as premier af­ter the gen­eral elec­tion next year, in favour of Mashatile’s ally, David Makhura.

Gaut­eng Sports MEC Lebogang Maile was el­e­vated to se­cond on the list ahead of many se­nior ANC lead­ers, with Mashatile in third place. It will be dif­fi­cult for the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee to choose the premier out­side of the top three on the list.

Mokonyane failed to re­spond to ques­tions.

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