DA’s plan for MP is fight corruption, open fair access to long-term jobs

The poison of former Premier DD Mabuza will infect the whole country, doing to South Africa what it did to Mpumalanga. 


MMUSI MAIMANE


The DA wants to offer the people of Mpumalanga a new beginning – under a provincial and national leadership that is honest and committed to improving the lives of all the residents of this incredible province.

Our plan for Mpumalanga and South Africa is to fight corruption, to open fair access to long-term jobs, to create an honest and professional police service, to speed up the delivery of services, and to secure our borders so that everyone living in SA is doing so legally.

A DA government in Mpumalanga would be the antidote to David Mabuza’s poison.

Mpumalanga needs a remedy urgently – because the Mabuza poison has spread to every single part of this province, including to eMalahleni municipality here, which has collapsed into bankruptcy under the weight of his corruption.

#Maimane launched the party’s TeamOneSouthAfrica in eMalahleni on 2 November 2018

If we don’t act soon, the whole country will be infected.

Fellow South Africans, we are just one heart attack away from having this man as our president. In fact, we may be just one spiked drink away.

With Mpumalanga’s record of political assassinations, we would be naïve not to consider this as a risk.

In South Africa, the deputy president tends to become president.

So, one way or another, we face the real threat of Mabuza as president.

And then his poison will infect the whole country, doing to South Africa what it did to Mpumalanga.

He will steal the whole country just to buy political power to stay on top.

First, Mpumalanga’s education department got infected, when Mabuza was provincial head.

Everyone knows that he stole millions of rands meant for schools and schoolchildren and used it to buy political loyalty so that he could accumulate enormous political power.

He used that political power as a bargaining chip to become deputy president of South Africa. That’s right.

He stepped on your children’s heads to climb the ladder of power.

Do you know that nearly a quarter of primary schools in Mpumalanga still have pit toilets?

That’s the price your children have paid for his rise to (almost) the top.

As MEC for Agriculture, he infected the land claims process.

Do you know that pretty much all land restitution claims in Mpumalanga while he was MEC were fake? He was pocketing the money meant for poor black farmers.

As Premier he turned a blind eye to the corruption in his administration, to secure political support. He syphoned off money from public services in Mpumalanga, all the time using it to open more and more ANC branches, to “buy” more and more ANC delegates.

The votes of those delegates, bought with money meant for service delivery in Mpumalanga, became his bargaining chip at the ANC’s conference in Nasrec last year.

He gave those votes to Ramaphosa’s faction, in return for the deputy presidency.

He has sacrificed your futures, pushing you down, to get himself to the top.

By stomping on your lives and the lives of your children like stepping stones, he has climbed to a position that allows him to infect the whole country, to steal from the national purse, and to shape South Africa’s future for years to come. Is that what we want for our country? For our children? For ourselves?

Fellow South Africans, Mpumalanga has been cursed with the worst leadership of any province. Of all the thieves operating in South Africa, DD Mabuza is the worst by far.

He even makes neighbouring thief, Ace Magashule, look tame.

He is a cruel, dangerous man who will stop at nothing to get ahead.

Since 2009, we’ve heard of many, many political assassinations of people who have tried to expose corruption or contest for power. We can all put two and two together and get four.

No one and nothing in Mpumalanga has escaped Mabuza’s poison. Mpumalanga has such incredible potential. Its people should be rich from tourism, agriculture and mining.

This province could bless its people with good, prosperous lives.

But instead, all the news coming out of Mpumalanga is bad news, as if the sun is setting on Mpumalanga.

We hear of collapsing municipalities that together owe Eskom over R4 billion and are about to be thrown into darkness because they cannot pay for electricity.

We hear of communities without water for days on end. We see sewers overflowing.

We hear of youth unemployment that is the highest in South Africa.

We hear that eMalahleni has one of the highest murder rate and is one of the highest areas of criminal activity in South Africa.

We hear of Mpumalanga’s collapsing healthcare system, where the number of health workers has halved in the past eight years and where the department has lost R6 billion rand (that’s six thousand million rand) to irregular expenditure in the past two years.

We see roads here becoming severely dilapidated and filled with potholes. No wonder tourists choose to go elsewhere.

Mpumalanga has been poisoned by Mabuza.

All this devastation we can put on Mabuza’s shoulders. And now that there’s nothing left to steal, he is looking to infect the whole country.

The DA is the antidote to Mabuza’s poison.

Our offer is to fight corruption by giving a 15-year jail sentence to those who are found to be corrupt.

Where the DA governs, public money is spent on delivering to the people. We take a zero-tolerance approach to corruption.

Our brand is synonymous with clean audits and good governance.

Vote DA in 2019 to rid Mpumalanga and SA of the infection of corruption that Mabuza and the ANC have spread. Vote DA to build one SA for All.

*Maimane is the national leader of the Democratic Alliance

‘DD Mabuza promised three leaders they would succeed him’

The province is currently struggling to hold a PGC that will elect his successor.


ANC deputy president DD Mabuza promised three leaders that they would replace him during the time there was a furore over former President Jacob Zuma’s fate as the country’s president, two insiders have said.

The sources said Mabuza attended his last provincial executive committee meeting of the ANC in the Mpumalanga province early this year and in it he told PEC member Fish Mahlalela that he “will take this thing”.

“It’s yours. Take it,” said one of the sources, referring to the provincial chairmanship position that Mabuza left when he got elected the deputy president on 18 December 2017.

“He told him he wanted somebody who is disciplined and who would be the beacon of hope for the masses of the people and who would maintain stability and keep the unity of the movement,” the source told the 013NEWS reporter.

'DD Mabuza promised three leaders they would succeed him'

Fish Mahlalela

Later on, Mabuza told Peter Nyoni, who is co-operative governance head, to “prepare himself” as he was leaving him the position, the source said.

“He basically told Nyoni same thing,” the source said.

Mabuza was elected the deputy president during a national elective congress at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Soweto.

On 27 February 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed him the country’s deputy president.

Ramaphosa – who was himself the country’s deputy president and who was elected ANC President in the same Nasrec conference – was elected by Parliament on 15 February 2018 to replace Zuma who was forced to resign on the night of 14 February.

The source said it was during this time of the commotion around Zuma’s fate that Mahlalela and Nyoni got to be promised the Mpumalanga ANC chair seat.

“Then a week later Mabuza delivered the state of the province address at the legislature and then told crowds afterwards that Mandla Ndlovu should take the position,” the insider said.

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Mahlalela confirmed on Friday midday that he was promised the position and that Mabuza “just said it in passing”.

“I don’t think he really meant it because subsequently to that he publicly endorsed comrade  Mandla [Ndlovu]. It was during a PEC meeting in January and he said this thing in front of everybody that he was leaving the position to me but I think he was just saying it in passing,” Mahlalela said over the phone.

Nyoni said there was no way Mabuza would have wanted him to be his successor “because of my struggles in the ANC”.

“That is that an impression created. First of all that is not the proper way of getting a successor. You can’t say to me I will be your successor, only the branches can say that,” nyoni said on Thursday afternoon.

He said the only time he discussed ANC matters with Mabuza was two years ago and they spoke about factionalism, gate-keeping and the need to unite the ANC.

“I’m not his favoured candidate and never was,” Nyoni said.

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The province previously had Pat Ngomane, a close friend of Mabuza who hails from his home region of eHlanzeni, poised for the position but a powerful lobby group aligned to the deputy president now wants Ngomane to be the secretary, Ndlovu the chair and Nkangala leader Speedy Mashilo the deputy chair.

Provincial spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini had also been punted amongst those who should succeed Mabuza as well as controversial Mbombela speaker Mandla Msibi, Charles Makola, Mahlalela, Ndlovu, Nyoni and David Dube who are also jostling for the seat.

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ANCYL factional fights reason Mabuza snubbed 74th celebration

The league is faced with two important congresses – a provincial and a national one – and jostling for positions has begun.


The factional fights of the ANCYL ahead of two important congresses are the reason ANC deputy president DD Mabuza snubbed the ANCYL’s 74th birthday celebration, this paper has learnt.

Some branches across the Mpumalanga province have started convening BGMs to nominate favoured candidates ahead of a provincial elective conference, a conference important going to the national one where the claws are out between contestants NEC member Ndumiso Mokako and national treasurer Reggie Nkabinde.

Senior ANC sources in the Mpumalanga province said Mabuza was made aware in the 11th hour that the 74th birthday celebration at the Sydney Choma community hall in Middelburg was going to be more of a launch of Nkabinde’s campaign than a birthday celebration.

“He was briefed on Saturday not to come because that was actually gonna be the launch of Reggie’s campaign. Mabuza doesn’t really want to publicly associate with a slate in the ANCYL though Pholoso Mbatsane is his favoured candidate for the position of national secretary,” the source said.

“But Mabuza doesn’t want to do that overtly, so that is why you saw [deputy president Desmond] Moela and [ANC provincial spokeswoman] Sasekani Manzini. Those are one of people who do Mabuza’s work on the ground,” said the source.

Reason national leader Collen ‘Oros’ Maine also snubbed the event was because Maine wants Mokako, who also snubbed the event, to be the President and “wouldn’t want to be overridden by the Nkangala ANCYL that actually organised the event,” the source said.

The event was then addressed by outgoing deputy president Desmond Moela, who called for unity in the league and said if the leaguers didn’t unite now they would just have to “forget” about liberating the youth of this country.

ANCYL factional fights reason Mabuza snubbed 74th celebration

Mpumalanga provincial secretary Pholoso Mbatsane (L) and national treasurer Reggie Nkabinde (R).

Moela wants Nkabinde to be the President on a slate that wants provincial secretary Pholoso Mbatsane as the secretary general.

The Nkabinde camp also wants Nkangala secretary Thabang Mathebula to be Mpumalanga ANCYL chairman when a provincial congress is held soon.

But this is setting them against the Mokako camp which wants Gert Sibande’s Trevor Nkosi to become the chair. Nkosi is current provincial deputy chair.

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The Mokako camp is negotiating with KZN secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo for one of them to be President and the other to be secretary general.

ANCYL factional fights reason Mabuza snubbed 74th celebration

ANC provincial spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini. 013NEWS/ZK.

The source say the reason Mokako, Maine and Mabuza didn’t come “is the issue of association”.

The Mokako campaign is currently experiencing hardships after Sabelo was discovered to be having secret meetings with former President Jacob Zuma allegedly plotting to oust current leader Cyril Ramaphosa.

The Sunday event was chaired by Nkangala regional leader Bobo Mtshweni and saw Nkabinde flanked by Mathebula, Moela, Mbatsane, provincial leader Tim Mashele, Manzini, Nkangala ANC chair Speedy Mashilo and secretary Leah Khoza.

ANCYL factional fights reason Mabuza snubbed 74th celebration

Mpumalanga ANCYL leader Tim Mashele. 013NEWS/ZK.

“Collen, there was no way he was gonna come. It’s the issue of association my brother like I’m telling you,” said the source.

Moela and Manzini are accused by a disgruntled faction aligned to Mokako in the Bohlabela region of having delivered a league regional leadership through unfairness and alleged use of “bogus delegates”.

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Asked why he did not attend Sunday’s celebration, Mokako said he could not make it to the event because he “did not have money”.

“Remember you need petrol to get to a place,” he said while laughing over the phone.

Provincial acting chairman Mandla Ndlovu, who also snubbed the event, said the reason he did not come despite being put on the program was because he had “flu”.

“I’m sick you won’t believe. I have flu,” he said over the phone.

“I don’t know that I was on the program,” said Ndlovu.

Manzini asked that all queries be directed to the ANCYL as that was an ANCYL event.

Provincial spokesman Bheki Sithole said the event was not a launch of Nkabinde’s campaign but a birthday celebration but can’t say those who say so are lying.

“Look it’s no secret that the ANCYL is due for a congress and during such time it happens that comrades lobby each other, so I won’t say whether those who say that was a campaign are lying or not but what I know is that it was a celebration,” Sithole said.

“All I know is that it was a 74th birthday celebration of the ANCYL and was organised nationally,” he said.

Nkabinde himself denied the stage was set for him to launch his campaign.

“You can’t say a celebration of the ANCYL is a launch of a campaign. That is so incorrect,” he said.

He added that an apology was sent by Mabuza to national secretary Njabulo Nzuza because Mabuza “had an emergency”.

National spokesman Mlondolozi Mkhize didn’t answer repeated calls on Sunday night and Monday morning.

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Mabuza says it’s not recession but SA economy is “refusing to grow”

He spoke in Parliament this week Wednesday.


Deputy President DD Mabuza has suggested that we are currently not in a technical recession but rather the problem is the SA economy refusing to grow.

He was answering oral questions this week Wednesday in the National Assembly.

He said those who were saying the country was in recession didn’t take “a very comprehensive picture”.

Sats SA a week ago said the economy had entered its first technical recession in nine years and GDP went down by 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018, meaning from April to June.

“As a country‚ we’ve noticed the current decline,” he told MPs on Wednesday afternoon.

“And I don’t probably agree with those who are saying we are in technical recession‚” said Mabuza.

He said as government they have taken a “comprehensive picture” and were taking it quarter by quarter and they were seeing an economy that was refusing to grow‚ not that it had entered recession.

“We’ve not taken the overall statistics over a period. But I’m confident that as government we’re going to reverse this tide and I am sure President Cyril Ramaphosa will make a few announcements on how governments wants to intervene in this current situation because it’s our responsibility to respond to this situation,” the deputy president said.

He also rejected suggestions from Cope and DA MPs that we were like this because of the issue surrounding land expropriation without compensation.

“I want to dismiss the fact that land expropriation accounts for this situation,” he said.

“Or that it is scaring investors. I don’t agree,” Mabuza said.

“And we’ve said again and again that land expropriation is going to happen in a very responsible way.

“We’re not intending to disrupt our agricultural production… I don’t think we should be pessimists and run away from the facts we should address.”

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Premier Refilwe Mtsweni accused of being DD Mabuza’s “girlfriend”

Mabuza is being accused of using her to continue his rule in the province.


Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni is allegedly the side-chick of ANC deputy national leader David ‘DD’ Mabuza.

This was said by a bishop who was addressing ANC members during David Dube’s campaign to become Mpumalanga ANC chair in the Secunda township of eMbalenhle a past weekend, Mpumalanga News has reported.

Bishop Max Maumela of the Faith Harvest Bible wants Dube to fill the Mpumalanga ANC position left by Mabuza when he got elected the deputy president on 18 December 2018 and was given the opportunity to speak at the Dube event.

The newspaper said the bishop said Mtsweni is Mabuza’s lover and that was the reason he got the position – used as a proxy for him to continue ruling Mpumalanga from Gauteng.

David Dube Who wants to be ANC Mpumalanga chairman.

The bishop further said that Mabuza is a murderer, according to the reports.

But the Mpumalanga ANC finds these comments belittling women, defaming Mabuza and is now fighting them back.

A case of defamation against the bishop has now been opened.

“Having a female Premier was supposed to be celebrated,”

ANCWL provincial secretary Lydia Moroane said during a press briefing held at party provincial headquarters in Mbombela on Monday this week (6 Aug), “and especially by bishops”.

“He accused us of using our bodies to get positions. He is undermining us,” Moroane said during the briefing.

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Mtsweni, who was largely unknown and who is not an ANC regional or provincial executive committee member, was hand-picked by Mabuza in February 2018 to become the acting Premier when President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Mabuza the deputy president, following the forced resignation of Jacob Zuma as President on the night of 14 February.

She was the MEC for traditional affairs in the province – a position she got in 2014 when Mabuza returned to power as the Premier for a second-term. In March 2018, Mtsweni was elected the Premier having acted for almost a month.

“The role of the bishop is to pray, to ensure that the ANC can continue to lead, revolutionise our people and to better the party,” said Moroane of Maumela.

“And I do not know if he forgets his role,” the provincial women’s league leader said.

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