CAPE TOWN: Magashule is believe to be behind the plot to unseat Mabuza in a move seen as a revenge.
According to the Mail&Guardian, there is increasingly bad blood between those formerly in the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma camp prior to the ANC’s December conference and Deputy President David Mabuza.
They continue to believe that Mabuza allegedly betrayed them by switching sides to support the presidency of Cyril Ramaphosa, for whom the support of Mpumalanga branches controlled by Mabuza was critical in his victory.
Ace Magashule, however, narrowly became ANC secretary-general, toppling Ramaphosa preferred Senzo Mchunu.
The M&G reports that Magashule is now using his power as SG, effectively the administrative engine room of the party, to heap pressure on Mabuza, who was last week accused of having fraudulently used bogus branches to be re-elected as provincial chairperson.
Magashule has reportedly asked the party’s dispute resolution committee to investigate the case.
The long-running battle between Magashule and former Mpumalanga premier Mathews Phosa also had yet another twist this week when Phosa’s ex-butler Jan Venter once again switched sides and claimed Mabuza paid him to lie in court in a civil case about a so-called intelligence report that allegedly revealed that Mabuza was an apartheid spy.
Venter now says his initial testimony that Phosa was the one who “concocted” the report was not true and that he had wilfully committed perjury in 2016.
Attempts to get a comment from the Presidency were unsuccessful.