Limpopo - Limpopo’s opposition parties have ganged up against the ANC in defence of the beleaguered Premier Cassel Mathale.
Both Cope and the DA raised their unhappiness at the ANC’s decision to strip Mathale of his administrative powers, barring him from giving out tenders.
The ANC provincial task team (PTT) has also apparently imposed a moratorium on the filling of vacancies in the Limpopo government. The latest moratorium is reminiscent of exactly what Mathale did when he unseated his predecessor, Sello Moloto, as ANC provincial chairman five years ago.
Immediately after its election at the Thohoyandou conference in 2008, Mathale’s party leadership had instructed Moloto, who was still premier at the time, to stop filling strategic government positions. On Wednesday, the PTT, chaired by Falaza Mdaka, ordered Mathale and his cabinet to compile reports about recent tenders and appointments.
However, PTT spokesman Sello Lediga denies there is a moratorium.