Ramaphosa’s future continues to look bleak as political problems keep piling up.
EFF national leader Julius Malema could be the next deputy president of South Africa should Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane find against President Cyril Ramaphosa in the ongoing Bosasa donation saga.
But that will still be in line with plans that have since at least November last year been hatched by ANC deputy president DD Mabuza and Malema.
While Ramaphosa is currently being pressed by Mkhwebane to take actions against cabinet minister Pravin Gordhan and faced with an internal revolt led by secretary-general Ace Magashule over his unwillingness to implement Nasrec resolutions, Mabuza and Malema on the other hand are on another tip.
013NEWS this week heard details from one of Mabuza’s most trusted henchmen in the eHlanzeni region about the plans which started last year November.
But there was truly another secret meeting that Malema and EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu had with Ramaphosa, where both influential fighters were promised ministerial posts in exchange for supporting Ramaphosa programs.
But this Ramaphosa and Malema meeting comes before the crucial one that Mabuza and Malema had in Mozambique in February 2019 which concluded to use Parliament to elect Mabuza as President in case the ANC needed to go into coalition with the EFF after the 8 May general elections.
In that way, Malema was going to be appointed the country’s deputy president and go work with Mabuza at the Union Buildings.
Paul Mashatile is said to be buying into this and this should see Malema returning to the ANC with scores of EFF supporters, taking charge as deputy president.
But being recruited back to ANC and promised a position or tender is an old Mabuza tactic and that’s how he managed to weaken the EFF and BRA in the Mpumalanga province, cajoling then EFF MPL Ayanda Tshabalala into resigning and “returning home” in 2015. She did.
Also ex-BRA secretary Cleopas Maunye left the Bushbuckridge Resident Association (BRA) after being cajoled by both Mabuza and his businessman friend Robert Gumede into returning home in 2017.
He resigned from both his party and legislature seat that they won in the 2014 general elections.
The source said the Mabuza and Malema meeting on the second week of February this year was a “top secret meeting”. They say some local politicians in Mozambique who do business with some of Mabuza lieutenants facilitated the meeting and made sure it remained “a meeting of two people”.
“We knew that both comrade DD and Malema were in Mozambique on that day, all of us and we all understood it was about the wish of comrade DD for Malema to return home and together we fight for the lives of the poor. But not only in February, these have been ongoing discussions. Longer than that, maybe in 2017,” the source said.
These meetings are also said to be at the centre of alleged tensions between Mpumalanga EFF leader Collen Sedibe and Malema – and had culminated in the EFF appointing Shivambu and CCT member Veronica Mente to come head up the election team in the Mpumalanga province, Shivambu as convener and Mente co-ordinator, apparently after Sedibe was seen as opposed to plans of returning home.
Sedibe is having a personal fight with key Mpumalanga ANC leaders, and doesn’t see a future with them, this paper has learnt, and was “one day seen as reluctant in convening a meeting between Mabuza and Malema”.
In May 2019, the Public Protector found that minister Gordhan violated the Constitution when he granted then SARS deputy boss Ivan Pillay an early retirement with full pension benefits in 2010.
Mkhwebane wants Ramaphosa to take actions against Gordhan that will make sure the payout to Pillay is recovered. Gordhan is rushing to court to have the findings overturned and Ramaphosa says he is not taking any legal actions until the court has pronounced something on the issue.
But despite the Gordhan issue, Ramaphosa is also being investigated for a R500 000 donation that was made by Bosasa to the CR17 account and whether he knew about it or when he denied this money in Parliament last year he was not lying and breaking the executive ethics code as both a money-launderer and a liar. Mkhwebane had already said that Ramaphosa’s inaction over Gordhan was a breach of the South African constitution.
Both EFF and Mabuza’s spokesmen Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Thami Ngwenya didn’t answer smsed questions.
Sedibe’s phone was switched off on Thursday and we could not draw comments from him on the issue before going to publish.
Malema told journalists this week that there was nothing they could do as EFF – the country should just embrace itself for a President DD Mabuza.
He said Mabuza was the “cleanest” of all of them in the ANC top 6 and “the reality is that if he [Ramaphosa] goes down you may have to prepare yourselves for a president called DD Mabuza because there is nothing against him while I have something against all others.”
“I am giving you examples about possibilities if … the current president goes down because the likelihood is that he may not finish his term, things are looking extremely bad. He has to pray to a living God for him to pass this which he is confronted with,” Malema said.
(edited by ZK)
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