A further wrangle between Mpumalanga’s powerful women was to take place apparently at a Women’s Day event.
Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has dismissed media reports about sour relations between herself and ANC acting secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, saying what she has with Ntshalintshali is a professional relationship, given her being an MEC in her cabinet.
This is the first time the provincial leader of government speaks about her relations with her ANC boss.
Mtshweni-Tsipane told City Press through her spin doctor Sibongile Mkani-Mpolweni that she only learnt about such “sour or frosty relationships” between herself and Ntshalintshali in the media.
She said she “enjoys a cordial and professional relationship with members of her cabinet and she has an open door policy – be it MECs and/or staff in general”.
Mtshweni-Tsipane who guns to be elected the provincial chairperson of the ANC in Mpumalanga is an ally of Ngrai Ngwenya, the suspended controversial ANC eHlanzeni leader who was sent home by national secretary Ace Magashule last month pending disciplinary action for the assault of Ntshalintshali.
Mtshweni-Tsipane’s office confirmed receiving a letter from Ntshalintshali asking for the Nkomazi venue for the Women’s Day event to be changed, fearing violence against her by Mtshweni-Tsipane’s supporters in Ngrai Ngwenya’s stronghold.
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In the letter to Mtshweni-Tsipane, Ntshalintshali says she received a warning from the police’s crime intelligence about her safety while coming for a Women’s Day event in Nkomazi. She wants the event changed to somewhere else, not in Ngrai Ngwenya’s stronghold.
“We can confirm receipt of a letter written by the MEC stating alleged threats in Nkomazi,” Mkani-Mpolweni said.
She said soon after receiving the letter from Ntshalintshali the Premier convened a meeting between herself and Ntshalintshali – where Mtshweni-Tsipane “undertook to contact Intelligence”.
Mkani-Mpolweni said police intelligence would be contacted in order to do “a threats and risk assessment” and that Mtshweni-Tsipane is currently waiting for that police report.
The Mpumalanga province is currently preparing for its 13th elective congress that will elect deputy president DD Mabuza’s successor probably in December 2019.
(edited by ZK)
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