Limpopo Premier calls it quits

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale has tendered his resignation in line with a decision made by the ANC.

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale has tendered his resignation in line with a decision made by the ANC. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale has resigned.

In a statement released earlier today, Mathale explained that he has tendered his resignation both as Premier and as a member of the Provincial Legislature in line with a decision made by the African National Congress (ANC) to recall him.

Mathale said, "I did my best since 2009 to improve and change the living conditions of our people."

But his province, which has now been taken over by national government, was plagued with tender fraud and was the epicentre of the school textbook crisis.

Mathale thanked the ANC for supporting him and said the nature of the party is to deploy and redeploy as it sees fit.

He mentioned an improvement in matric results, tens of thousands of homes built and the construction of roads as examples of his administration successes.

His statement ended with the words, "Thank you and goodbye."

But speculation is already brewing that the now former Limpopo premier may try and return to politics while Stanley Mathabatha, South Africa's ambassador to Ukraine, is rumoured to take over as interim premier.

Mathale was a staunch supporter of expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) President Julius Malema, who has now launched his own political party called Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).