He was elected to go hold national office during an ANC national conference on 18 December 2017 at the Nasrec Expo Centre, Soweto but has also been appointed the country’s deputy president.


ANC deputy president David Mabuza’s departure to occupy national office is a “biggest relief” for the people of Mpumalanga, former DA party leader James Masango has said.

Masango, who was succeeded by Jane Sithole during a provincial congress on Saturday, said Mabuza kept the province at ransom and “there was no one in the ANC brave enough to challenge him”.

“The departure has brought great relief to the people of Mpumalanga,” Masango said while on stage at the Graceland Casino in Secunda addressing delegates.

“The autocratic leadership of a man described as a mafia by members of his own party,” Masango said.

“Mabuza kept this province at ransom for almost 10 years,” he said.

DD Mabuza departure biggest relief for Mpumalanga - DA

“There was no one brave enough to challenge him in the ANC and those who tried were thrown out or silenced not to talk about him,” Masango told delegates.

He said though this brought great relief it remains to be seen what it means for South Africa to have a man like him as deputy president.

He said Mpumalanga is a large rural area and although two decades have passed into democracy “but the people of Mpumalanga don’t know what this animal called freedom is”.

“Opportunities are not given to all but to the connected few members of the ANC. And even though some jobs are advertised but the preferred candidates are actually known and the interview is a mere formality,” Masango said.

He addressed delegates as the outgoing leader of the Mpumalanga DA.

On Friday, the Mpumalanga DA bid Masango, the seasoned leader who had served since 1994, a farewell party at the Graceland Casino.

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The congress on Saturday elected Sithole as the provincial leader, Bosman Grobler as the chairman.

DD Mabuza departure biggest relief for Mpumalanga - DA

Trudie Grove-Morgan was elected to deputise Sithole, Themba Mlotshwa to deputise Grobler.

Palesa Mobango became the provincial chairwoman of the DA Youths, deputised by Kuzwakele Mdau and Linky Shongwe.

(edited by ZK)

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