He was sworn in on Friday morning as a member of the Mpumalanga legislature following the resignation of Thulare Madileng.


SACP Mpumalanga leader Bonakele Majuba’s return to the provincial house of law-makers is a sign that the Alliance Summit resolutions for a united alliance are maturing, a spokesman said on Friday.

Leseja Dikgale said what they have always wanted to see was “a united front” and the “realisation that when we govern collectively we can have a prosperous province”.

“We welcome the deployment of comrade Majuba,” Dikgale said on Friday morning.

“For us is a sign that the unity we started last year is now maturing,” he said.

“There’s nothing more and we believe that this will create investor’s confidence in our province as you will remember that we have always been known as a fighting province,” he said.

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Majuba has been a member of the Mpumalanga legislature since the 2009 general elections.

But when relations soured between himself and provincial ANC leader David Mabuza, Majuba was not retained in the Mpumalanga legislature following the 2014 general elections.

The ANC has 24 seats in the 30-seats of the Mpumalanga legislature and Majuba was the 24th candidate on the submitted province to province list but didn’t become an MPL.

Legislature spokeswoman Zama Memela-Gamede said the swearing in of Majuba came after Thulare Madileng, ANC provincial executive committee member, tendered his resignation this week.

“We then went to the IEC list to check who was next in the list and that’s how he (Majuba) was sworn in,” she said.

The ANC said they wished Majuba well in his deployment and have confidence that, being a working class activist, he will represent the poor “exceptionally well” in the Mpumalanga provincial legislature.

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In April 2016, a provincial alliance summit was convened in Mbombela and in it the Mpumalanga ANC, SACP, Cosatu and SANCO agreed that unity and cohesion was the only way out of their problems.

(edited by ZK)

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