He came to the province in order to remind supporters to vote for his party.
EFF national leader Julius Malema used his party’s election campaign to rip into ANC deputy president DD Mabuza, accusing him of being the most corrupt leader who deserves jail.
Malema said the EFF, once it wins after 8 May 2019, will make sure that the man goes to jail including former and current leaders Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa.
He said both Mabuza and Zuma would be arrested by the EFF government for corruption, while Ramaphosa would account for the deaths of Marikana workers.
“Mpumalanga the home of corruption will be turned into the home of hope for the hopeless masses of our people,” Malema said at the Sy Mthimunye stadium in Ackerville, eMalahleni Saturday (23 Mar).
“DD Mabuza for a long time was stealing money in this province for himself and money which was supposed to develop the nation. We will arrest DD and send him to prison. But before we arrest DD we will start with Jacob Zuma. He must rot in jail. He is the father of corruption,” he said to applause.
EFF leader Julius Malema addressing at the Sy Mthimunye stadium in Ackerville, eMalahleni Saturday
“Following Zuma to prison will be Cyril Ramaphosa for killing 34 mineworkers of Marikana. Their spirit is not resting,” Malema said.
He said the spirit of the killed workers was “still not resting” and as EFF they want them to “rest in perfect peace”.
“They will never rest in perfect peace as long as Cyril Ramaphosa is still free. The third one will be DD Mabuza for stealing the money of Mpumalanga.
“He must thank the Constitutional Court because we wanted them to arrest him for smoking those greener arrangement but now that thing is legal, so we will drop that charge but the charge of corruption of DD Mabuza is not a charge we can drop. These people have been looting this province. If you not a friend of DD Mabuza you will never work in Mpumalanga government,” Malema said to deafening applause.
EFF members chant and sing during the rally in Kwa-Guqa, eMalahleni
Malema had quite a busy schedule the past weekend. He had to rush to the eMalahleni area after addressing a rally in Limpopo the same Saturday.
Malema said people who were not friends of Mabuza in Mpumalanga were not given tenders, even small work such as supplying toilet paper “DD wants for himself and his friends, nothing for the people”.
“That must come to an end. We must make sure we restore the dignity of the people of eMalahleni,” Malema said, “because when you drive here in eMalahleni it’s potholes all over. We want that to come to an end because these people have been stealing”.
He had moved from one faction to another, making a botched decision in the 11th hour during a September 2018 conference.
Mpumalanga senior fighter Cyril Chuene has been put last in the EFF Mpumalanga legislature list released this week.
Chuene is battling at number 29, despite being a former provincial organiser of the party in the province and a close friend of chairman Collen Sedibe.
Last year when party leader Julius Malema sacked provincial secretary Alfred Skhosana for ‘underperformance’, creating a vacancy in the legislature, Chuene had hoped that the party would choose him as Skhosana’s replacement but instead current deputy chairman Sam Zandamela was sworn in.
The troubles in Chuene’s political life began a year ago when he wanted to contest a position in the top 5 during a Provincial People’s Assembly held on 1 September 2018 at the Ingwenyama Resort, Mbombela.
First, Chuene wanted to be the chair but when he realised Sedibe was having more supporters he switched and wanted to be the secretary.
In that way, the EFF in Mpumalanga was going to have a chairperson and secretary coming from the same region (eHlanzeni). But delegates dumped Chuene and chose Gert Sibande region’s Gcina Mofokeng as secretary, Sedibe as chair, Nkangala’s Zandamela as deputy chair and Bohlabela’s Ntsako Mkhabela as deputy secretary.
During the conference, Chuene – who is also an EFF councillor in the eHlanzeni district municipality – didn’t even make it as additional member of the provincial command team (PCT).
The police had to use rubber bullets as PRET members began blocking an EFF march in the area.
The Practical Radical Economic Transformation group of Mpumalanga may also be engaged in a fight for economic freedom for the majority of black South Africans but they are not friends with the Economic Freedom Fighters.
Thursday this week the group stood in the way of EFF members who were marching to the eMalahleni municipality to submit a memorandum of demands to mayor Linah Malatjie.
Led by provincial leader Collen Sedibe, the EFF headed to the municipality in order to complain about lack of service delivery, alleged corruption and nepotism when they met PRET members who were singing struggle songs on the street of the municipality and waiting for them.
“They will not pass here and go to the municipality. Let them go back,” one PRET member was heard shouting as the EFF approached and both groups began to mix in a confrontational way.
Cops had to intervene and form a human shield between both groups but when they could not be able to control the violent PRET group they began using rubber bullets, firing hard at PRET members.
Some PRET members during the stand-off with police.
The EFF had applied from authorities in order to stage the march to the eMalahleni municipality and the PRET gathering in front of the municipality building was illegal, one cop told the 013NEWS reporter.
PRET members began throwing stones back at cops, forcing CBD shops to close down as cops chased them with rubber bullets.
A vehicle from Weng Family Supermarket was torched by PRET members.
It is still not clear why the PRET members were disrupting the EFF march but one PRET member said the EFF were “coming late in order to take things from us”.
“There are a lot of issues we have been fighting for in this area and where was the EFF?” he said, “we are closer to achieve on those issues and the EFF is coming to hijack the issues,” he claimed.
Clad in their trademark yellow t-shirts bearing the face of president Cyril Ramaphosa, members of the group said they were there to “defend the municipality”.
Prior to their march, the EFF went to Dingindoda on Wednesday evening and told the tenants that they would help them in the fight between eMalahleni Housing Company boss George Xaba and businessman Themba ‘Masofa’ Sgudla who is also the leader of PRET.
The tender irregularities are captured in an Auditor-General’s reports and involves R30 million.
R19.6 million of this R30 million was awarded to a company called ‘Frugacode CC’ to provide security and data integrity and the Auditor-General found that this company was not really supposed to get the tender because it used a SAP accreditation that was not registered under its name.
The other money – R9.9 million – was given to a company called ‘Junox 210 CC’ despite being disqualified during the bidding process for not having a tax clearance certificate.
The EFF also accuse Shongwe of –
– Misusing taxpayers’ money in the R8.3 million procurement of the flawed Nelson Mandela statue
– Spending taxpayers’ money for hotel rooms, T-shirts and petrol while attending Prophet Bushiri’s church in Gauteng
– Having fraud and corruption charges opened but still continuing to hold office
“The conduct of Mrs BT Shongwe as a public representative is not honourable and compromises the principle and standards of good governance, corrupt-free, open and transparent government that is accountable to the people,” Sedibe said in the letter to Mtshweni.
Mtshweni’s office replied and said that they were looking at the matter.
“The honourable Premier is applying her mind to the matter,” they said in an e-mail reply to Sedibe.
She said the ANC doesn’t engage in ” impulsive behaviour” like opposition politicians who fire their own based on emotions.
Premier Refilwe Mtshweni has defended one of the much-bashed MECs in her cabinet, saying all that opposition parties are raising are “baseless allegations”.
She was answering oral questions at the Mpumalanga legislature Thursday this week.
The EFF’s Collen Sedibe had asked the Premier why did she reshuffle the “incompetent” MEC Gillion Mashego from health to public works on 3 July 2018.
“Is the department that he is ‘recycled’ into not important in your eyes and amongst the other departments?” Sedibe asked.
Mtshweni answered that their deployees are deployed based on “their expertise and collection of skills”.
“The Honourable MEC Gillion Mashego is a capable and competent politician who has previously proved himself in the various positions that he has been deployed and I am confident that he will continue to do a sterling job in the position that he is in,” said Mtshweni.
She said Mashego has a vast experience in governance and administration as well as knowledge.
“For your information, he was in the Public Works administration at provincial and at district level before full participation in politics.
“Therefore this territory from an implementing perspective is not new to him. That said however, as an MEC, his role requires him to oversee the implementation of policy, provide strategic direction and guidance to his department and hold the head of department accountable on implementation,” Mtshweni said.
Mashego weathered several storms while he was health MEC.
The DA’s Jane Sithole, who is a shadow health MEC in the province, wrote a number of letters to then Premier DD Mabuza asking him to fire Mashego.
In September 2016, members of the Democratic Alliance, led by Sithole, marched to the Mpumalanga provincial legislature and handed over a memorandum calling for the immediate resignation of Mashego, accusing him of “bringing basic healthcare to its knees”.
Mtshweni told Sedibe that opposition parties were “impulsive” in their behaviour and tended to fire their own deployees based on “emotions” and “baseless accusations”.
“Contrary to other political parties’ impulsive behaviour of firing and sacking of their deployees based on emotions, difference of opinions, rumours and baseless allegations, such behaviour is not the culture of the ANC. We relieve people of their responsibilities only where there is sufficient evidence of wrongdoing or unlawful activity, or if a member is in a serious breach of their mandate and/or they have committed a serious crime,” she said.