The Mpumalanga government has made available details of spokesperson Joseph Mabuza’s memorial service.
It said the memorial service will be held this coming Thursday at the Communio Church next to Ilanga Mall in Mbombela.
Acting spokesman Moeti Mmusi said details regarding Mabuza’s funeral service will also be communicated.
Mabuza, described as a very humble person by colleagues and others who knew him, died Sunday afternoon (23 Dec) on the N4 towards Mozambique just before the Nkomazi toll gate.
He was the spokesperson to Mpumalanga safety and security MEC Pat Ngomane.
Premier Refilwe Mtshweni said news of Mabuza’s death was saddening.
She said the death was a huge blow to the provincial government, “as Mr Mabuza was the champion of road safety in the province”.
“Let me pass my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr Mabuza,” she said.
Mabuza, travelling in a motorbike, died when a bakkie allegedly made a U-turn on the highway, killing him.
A manhunt for the driver of the bakkie has been launched by the cops.
“I have no doubt that as a provincial government, we have lost a passionate fellow colleague who was tremendously dedicated and patriotic about road safety in our province.
“Death has robbed us as a provincial government a good communicator. On behalf of the provincial government, let me pass my deepest and sincere condolences to Mabuza’s family, friends and colleagues in the entire administration,” said Mtshweni.
If you have information on the whereabouts of the bakkie’s driver call the cops on 072 196 8225 or 08600 10111.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He had been taken away by the cops on malicious damage to property charges.
Contestant for the Mpumalanga position of ANC deputy president DD Mabuza is accusing Safety and Security MEC Pat Ngomane of using state resources to victimise him.
Mandla Msibi, who wants to be chairman of the ANC in the province, spoke to students at the Acornhoek Tvet College on Saturday afternoon and said more than 150 cops came to his house to arrest him.
He was nabbed on Monday morning a week ago.
“If you have a view about a specific person that you want to lead the ANC, pursue your view without assassinating the character of the other contender,” Msibi said to the students.
“Comrade Pat Ngomane must stop using state security apparatus to fight political battles in the ANC,” he told the applauding students who had come to fill the main hall of the college.
Msibi addressed the Nelson Mandela memorial lecture organised by PRET and supported by SASCO in the campus.
He was arrested on Monday last week on charges on malicious damage to property and released on a warning, according to provincial media.
A community meeting in the area of Pienaar had accused Msibi, the speaker of the Mbombela municipality, of corruption and Msibi allegedly went to revenge those who held the meeting by attacking them, Mpumalanga News reported, and the cops swooped.
But in Acornhoek, Msibi said he had never seen such a large number of police officers coming to arrest an individual in his life.
He claimed this was done by Ngomane to make sure he doesn’t stand for nomination as he will be facing criminal charges.
“When they came to my house to arrest me they said that I was being charged for house robbery, that I took a TV but when we were there at the police station they changed and said I was being charged for malicious damage to property. I was shocked. And when I asked they said ‘no, don’t worry, we will take you back to your house’.”
He said he phoned Ngomane and told him he was intending to sue the state for “unlawful arrest, malicious prosecution and defamation of character”.
“I put him on loud-speaker and comrade Pat just said ok,”Msibi said.
Ngomane’s spokesman Joseph Mabuza said the MEC doesn’t interfere in the daily operation of the cops.
“He didn’t even know about the case. I’m the one that called him after I had media enquiries that Mandla Msibi is arrested and asked me to check what he had been arrested for. It will be wrong to say the MEC directs the cops on who to arrest and who not to arrest,” Mabuza said.
The campaign happens to bring awareness against the violence meted out against women and children in the communities where we live.
Mpumalanga Safety and Security MEC Pat Ngomana will officially launch the 16 Days of Activism campaign.
The launch will take place at KwaMhlanga this weekend.
Spokesman Joseph Mabuza said government officials, stakeholders and local people will gather at Moletamotse sports ground, GaMaria for the Mpumalanga launch of this year’s 16 Days of Activism on Saturday morning.
He said this year’s theme is ‘Count Me In, Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward’.
Mabuza said the launch at the Moletamotse sports ground will also see Communication minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane in attendance.
“It is part of government’s ongoing efforts to curtail the abuse of women and children,” Mabuza said.
“It is also during this campaign that victims of abuse are assisted by various government departments as part of ensuring their living conditions do not exacerbate the pain of the abuse that they have already suffered,” he said.