The group of wealthy people threatens to make Mpumalanga a no go-area for those who have been undermining it.
The Practical Radical Economic Transformation (PRET) group said they channelled a lot of money into making , David Mabuza the African National Congress (ANC) deputy president.
The controversial PRET leader Themba ‘Masofa’ Sgudla, a wealthy tenderpreneur from the eMalahleni area, spoke together with co-leader Sunday Mathebula during a press briefing a week ago and told journalists of their expectations from Mabuza.
Mabuza, who rose to occupy national office on a puzzling ‘Unity’ ticket after he sold out on Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s campaign to become a deputy under the newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa.
According to Sgudla, “[y]ou must remember that we have spent a lot of money as PRET mobilising for him.”
“We have spent money, yes. And our blood and the bullets that came to our flesh,” he is reportedly to have said at The Ridge Casino in eMalahleni last week.
“We’ve promised him that when he becomes the deputy president we will deliver 10 million new voters for the ANC in 2019 and we said to him that we want you to be the deputy president so that you can assist us with eradicating unemployment,” Sgudla said.
He said their struggle centres on the plight of the unemployed and will do everything to make sure the situation turns around.
He said Mabuza’s task will be to assist PRET to turns the tide around for the unemployed. Sgudla is no strange to controversy. He was accused of being opposed to the mining charter as presented by the minister of mineral resources, Mosebenzi Zwane.
According to sources close to his shoddy dealings in the mines in Mpumalanga. “Sgudla has been at the forefront opposing the Mining Charter and he was caught on camera handing out R100 notes to hooligans so that they disrupt the minister while visiting Mpumalanga,” the source said.
“We know he is close to DD Mabuza, so did he get his blessings to do this?,” questions the source.
“He’s been calling shots from 2014 as I can remember, even in the sectors where he just doesn’t have authority and this was used as the strategy for Mabuza to emerge this December.” Mabuza was elected as the ANC deputy president last in Johannesburg.
Sgudla also used the press briefing to warn all the ministers who come to the province without reporting to the Premier’s Office that Mpumalanga is not “a banana province”.
“And we are warning all these ministers that they must not come here and do Izimbizo and not implement it. They must come in and implement. When you do an Imbizo you must come back and say this is what I have delivered, that’s what they must do,” Sgudla warned.