“We spent our money for DD Mabuza to be deputy president”

The group threatens to make Mpumalanga a no go-area for those who have been undermining it.


The Practical Radical Economic Transformation (PRET) group said they channelled a lot of money into making DD Mabuza the deputy president.

PRET leader Themba ‘Masofa’ Sgudla, a wealthy tenderpreneur from the eMalahleni area, spoke together with co-leader Sunday Mathebula during a press briefing a week ago and told journalists of their expectations from Mabuza.

Mabuza, who rose to occupy national office on a puzzling ‘Unity’ campaign, was elected the deputy president of the ANC on 18 December 2017.

He was elected to deputise Cyril Ramaphosa who became the 14th President of the ANC on that day, with Ace Magashule as the secretary, Jessie Duarte as his deputy and treasurer Paul Mashatile as well as chair Gwede Mantashe.

“You must remember that we have spent a lot of money as PRET mobilising for him,” Sgudla said.

“We have spent money, yes. And our blood and the bullets that came to our flesh,” he told journalists and a string of PRET members at The Ridge Casino in eMalahleni on Thursday afternoon.

“We’ve promised him that when he becomes the deputy president we will deliver 10 million new voters for the ANC in 2019 and we said to him that we want you to be the deputy president so that you can assist us with eradicating unemployment,” Sgudla said.

He said their struggle centres on the plight of the unemployed and will do everything to make sure the situation turns around.

He said Mabuza’s task will be to assist PRET to turns the tide around for the unemployed.

Sgudla also used the press briefing to warn all the ministers who come to the province without reporting to the Premier’s Office that Mpumalanga is not  “a banana province”.

“And we are warning all these ministers that they must not come here and do Izimbizo and not implement it. They must come in and implement. When you do an Imbizo you must come back and say this is what I have delivered, that’s what they must do,”  Sgudla said.

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(edited by ZK)

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