Limpopo premier may be sacked

EWN understands Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale may be fired by the ruling party.

Limpopo Education MEC Dickson Masemola. Picture: Tara Meaney/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News understands Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale may be replaced by a member of his current cabinet.

Insiders say Mathale will face the chop because the ANC in the province is falling apart under his leadership.

But his allies say it is because he did not support President Jacob Zuma at the ANC's Mangaung conference. Mathale and his supporters wanted Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to succeed Zuma but their campaign failed.

Controversial Limpopo Education MEC Dickson Masemola is said to be in line for the premiership if the ANC decides to fire Mathale.

Masemola was at the centre of the Limpopo textbook saga in 2012. Thousands of learners were forced to learn without textbooks after the department failed to deliver them on time.

Three women leaders in the province are also on the list of possible successors, including Arts and Culture MEC Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, Health MEC Dikeledi Magadzi and Rosina Semenya from the provincial legislature.

They have all been elected to the ANC's national executive committee in Mangaung.

The ANC says it is waiting for a report from the provincial leadership about the complaints from its members in the province before any changes are announced.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) also wants Mathale to resign due to the crisis in that province.

Five departments in Limpopo are under administration. These are the Treasury, led by MEC David Masondo, the Education Department, led by the province's deputy chairperson, Dickson Masemola, the Roads and Transport Department, Public Works, and Health and Social Development.