PRET withdraws decision to contest election after “fruitful” meeting with Mandla Ndlovu

Ndlovu confirmed having talks with the Mpumalanga organisation.


The Practical Radical Economic Transformation (PRET) group will no longer contest the 2019 general elections after having “fruitful” talks with Mpumalanga ANC acting chairman Mandla Ndlovu.

Ndlovu confirmed having talks with a PRET team that included Themba Sgudla and Sunday Mathebula.

013NEWS understands the meeting between the two parties occurred “in order to iron out” the differences that exist between them – after PRET publicly slammed ANC deputy president DD Mabuza for endorsing Ndlovu to succeed him and “ignorant” leaders who were “unwilling” to work with PRET.

SEE HERE: Sgudla threatens to leave ANC over “unwillingness” to work with PRET

“I can confirm that we had a meeting with PRET,” Ndlovu told the reporter over the phone, adding that it was to “speak about issues”.

In a statement released this week, Mathebula, who is PRET’s secretary, said his organisation met with Ndlovu on 2 April 2018.

He said they agreed that as an organisation they “will always be biased to the ANC” but will no longer endorse certain leaders to lead it at its special general council.

“PRET SA has no view and therefore instructs and advices [sic] all its members in their own rights to go to their representative branches and exercise their democratic rights as stated in the ANC constitution,” Mathebula said.

He said PRET “will continue to support the newly appointed leadership and watch closely their commitment towards radical economic transformation and unemployment”.

“We will continue to mobilise all our efforts, energies and progress in making sure that private sector delivers on corporate social investments and social labour plans,” said Mathebula.

“It is important that the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between PRET SA and the Mpumalanga provincial government is implemented without any delay,” he said.

He defined relations between Mabuza and their leader Sgudla as “healthy and bouncing”.

“To the best of our knowledge and the engagement that were carried through during Easter holidays their relationship is healthy and bouncing,” Mathebula said.

“We will continue to raise issues sharply with the deputy president of the country because we believe he is capable enough to champion the issue of Radical Economic Transformation,” he said.

“Secondly, we will continue to believe in him as the individual and collective in championing and implementing the resolutions of the 54th conference of the ANC without any delay,” the secretary said.

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Document shows Mabuza’s Govt signed 5-year Agreement with PRET

The 8-page document shows the Agreement of the two is effective from 1 April 2017 and they commit to youth empowerment. 


The 013NEWS has obtained the much-talked about ‘Memorandum of Agreement’ at the centre of a fight between PRET leader Themba Sgudla and ANC deputy president DD Mabuza.

The document shows Mabuza’s government entered into a 5-year renewable agreement with Sgudla’s PRET on 1 April 2017 and will end in 2022.

In the signed document, the two parties commit to work together in order to develop young people economically in the Mpumalanga province.

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It has the signature of Sgudla as President and that of Economic Development head Muzi Mkhize – signatures which are dated 14 and 16 August 2017.

Sgudla signed the document on 14 August and Mkhize on 16 August but according to clause 1.3 of the document the effective date of the agreement is 1 April “irrespective of the date of signature of the last party to sign this document”.

The Agreement can be renewed when it lapses in 2022 “for such period of time and on such additional terms and conditions as may be negotiated between them,” it says.

Document shows Mabuza's Govt signed 5-year Agreement with PRET

“This Memorandum of Agreement seeks to formalise co-operation between the parties,” the document reads.

“The parties agree to co-operate and collaborate to enhance human capital development and enterprise development by ensuring that an environment conducive to the youth’s participation in the mainstream economy is created and supported,” it says.

Document shows Mabuza's Govt signed 5-year Agreement with PRET

This information comes three days after government spokesman Zibonele Mncwango denied they ever signed an agreement with the Practical Radical Economic Transformation and a week after Sgudla threatened to cut ties with the ANC and go contest the 2019 general elections because of Mabuza’s empty promises and the government’s “unwillingness” to work with PRET in fulfilling the pledges in the Memorandum of Agreement.

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Document shows Mabuza's Govt signed 5-year Agreement with PRET

“The Parties agree to co-operate to contribute to direct employment through co-ordination of youth employment  opportunities in the province and to conduct research and development on areas of mutual interests,” reads the document.

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Mpumalanga Govt says they never had “formal” deal with Sgudla’s PRET

Government says they only “endorsed” them and “appreciated” the good work they do in mobilising for the betterment of young people.


The Mpumalanga government has denied they ever signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Practical Radical Economic Transformation (PRET), saying they only “endorsed” them as an organised structure for youth development.

The government responds a week after PRET accused it of being “unwilling” to work with them in fulfilling the agreement they had with former Premier David Mabuza a year ago.

Called a ‘Memorandum of Agreement’, the controversial Mpumalanga organisation said the agreement was signed by Mabuza and forces the provincial government to commit to youth development.

The organisation is led by eMalahleni businessman Themba Sgudla as President and features former eMalahleni municipal councillor Sunday Mathebula as secretary.

It said there is “slow progress” in fulfilling the pledges made in the Memorandum of Agreement as well as “non-existent implementation of resolutions” they reached with Mabuza last year in terms of how the memorandum would “be rolled out”.

SEE HERE: Sgudla threatens to cut ties with ANC over “unwillingness” of Govt to work with PRET

“There was never a formal agreement,” government spin doctor Zibonele Mncwango said on Monday this week.

“The former Premier just endorsed them as a structure working with youth, that the government should assist them in their programs but there was never a formal agreement,” Mncwango said.

He said PRET was particularly needed to come as “an organised structure” when the Mpumalanga government partnered with Standard Bank in a bid to create jobs by empowering small businesses late last year.

“That’s when the former Premier said ‘no, because you are an organised structure come involve yourself here’,” Mncwango said.

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Sgudla vs Mabuza: Businessman threatens to cut ties with ANC

The group says they have realised that standing on their own is the answer and no longer take the side of the ANC as it becomes clearer that the ANC is not serious about getting the youth employed and economically empowered.


A battlefield for PRET leader Themba Sgudla and ANC deputy president DD Mabuza has now been declared and looks set to end up very badly in the long run.

The businessman now accuses Mabuza, his friend, of using the Unity ticket that got him elected to national office for his own benefit, leaving behind a highly divided province and fuelling the division himself.

He also accuses Mabuza of leaving behind very “ignorant” ANC leaders who are “unwilling” to work with PRET in fulfilling the pledges made in the Memorandum of Agreement that they signed with him last year, which forces the Mpumalanga government to commit to youth empowerment.

“It becomes more clearer that PRET SAs survival is solely dependent on itself and its individual members and no one else,” the group said in a statement released on Monday night (12 Mar).

On Monday the group held an executive committee meeting and said they have realised that the ANC is not committed to creating any jobs or assisting the youths get economic empowerment and believes contesting the 2019 general elections is the answer.

The group complains of –

– Slow progress to commitments that relate to the Memorandum of Agreement with the provincial government as well as “non-existent implementation of resolutions” that they took with Mabuza on how the Memorandum of Agreement will be rolled out.

– Mabuza’s endorsement of a “factional slate” after he publicly stated he supports Mandla Ndlovu to succeed him as the chairman of Mpumalanga ANC.

– Mabuza’s use of Unity to get elected as the ANC deputy president which they say was for his own benefit as now Mabuza is seen endorsing “factions” to lead the Mpumalanga ANC.

– Empty promises, especially in resolving the issue of water, roads, unemployment, corruption and nepotism in Nkomazi.

– The protection of “White Monopoly Capital” by ANC politicians and the nursing of the “arrogance” of RCL Foods in its failure to commit to transformation and community development.

The group says they have received positive responses in KZN, Limpopo and Gauteng in terms of forming branches there and are approaching the Independent Electoral Commission in order to register as a political party.

Sgudla vs Mabuza: Businessman threatens to cut ties with ANC

They say while Mabuza was Premier last year he agreed to the appointment of a committee of young people from PRET who would work hand in hand with the provincial government but this has produced no result as the provincial government is “ignorant” of their programs.

“It is our considered view that Mabuzas use of Unity as a campaign card was not genuine, instead it was a self-seeking exercise which sought to propel him into the position of deputy president at the expense of the very unity he claimed to be championing. It is clear that this Unity was for his sole benefit and no one else,” secretary Sunday Mathebula said in the statement.

“We will no longer continue to be spectators in the politics and economy of the province while the old-guard plays chess games with the lives of the young and unemployed,” read the statement.

“We therefore have concluded that we will no longer be biased to the ANC and PRET will henceforth only rely on itself to change the lives of the young, unemployed and vulnerable people,” it said.

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Sgudla vs Mabuza: Businessman threatens to cut ties with ANC

The group says they have realised that standing on their own is the answer and no longer take the side of the ANC as it becomes clearer that the ANC is not serious about getting the youth employed and economically empowered.


A battlefield for PRET leader Themba Sgudla and ANC deputy president DD Mabuza has now been declared and looks set to end up very badly in the long run.

The businessman now accuses Mabuza, his friend, of using the Unity ticket that got him elected to national office for his own benefit, leaving behind a highly divided province and fuelling the division himself.

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He also accuses Mabuza of leaving behind very “ignorant” ANC leaders who are “unwilling” to work with PRET in fulfilling the pledges made in the Memorandum of Agreement that they signed with him last year, which forces the Mpumalanga government to commit to youth empowerment.

“It becomes more clearer that PRET SA’s survival is solely dependent on itself and its individual members and no one else,” the group said in a statement released on Monday night (12 Mar).

On Monday the group held an executive committee meeting and said they have realised that the ANC is not committed to creating any jobs or assisting the youths get economic empowerment and believes contesting the 2019 general elections is the answer.

The group complains of –

– Slow progress to commitments that relate to the Memorandum of Agreement with the provincial government as well as “non-existent implementation of resolutions” that they took with Mabuza on how the Memorandum of Agreement will be rolled out.

–  Mabuza’s endorsement of a “factional slate” after he publicly stated he supports Mandla Ndlovu to succeed him as the chairman of Mpumalanga ANC.

– Mabuza’s use of Unity to get elected as the ANC deputy president which they say was for his own benefit as now Mabuza is seen endorsing “factions” to lead the Mpumalanga ANC.

– Empty promises, especially in resolving the issue of water, roads, unemployment, corruption and nepotism in Nkomazi.

– The protection of “White Monopoly Capital” by ANC politicians and the nursing of the “arrogance” of RCL Foods in its failure to commit to transformation and community development.

The group says they have received positive responses in KZN, Limpopo and Gauteng in terms of forming branches there and are approaching the Independent Electoral Commission in order to register as a political party.

Sgudla vs Mabuza: Businessman threatens to cut ties with ANC

They say while Mabuza was Premier last year he agreed to the appointment of a committee of young people from PRET who would work hand in hand with the provincial government but this has produced no result as the provincial government is “ignorant” of their programs.

“It is our considered view that Mabuza’s use of Unity as a campaign card was not genuine, instead it was a self-seeking exercise which sought to propel him into the position of deputy president at the expense of the very unity he claimed to be championing. It is clear that this Unity was for his sole benefit and no one else,” secretary Sunday Mathebula said in the statement.

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“We will no longer continue to be spectators in the politics and economy of the province while the old-guard plays chess games with the lives of the young and unemployed,” read the statement.

“We therefore have concluded that we will no longer be biased to the ANC and PRET will henceforth only rely on itself to change the lives of the young, unemployed and vulnerable people,” it said.

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