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Mathale heads for Parliament

ANC confirmed that the former Limpopo premier is being moved to the National Assembly.

Speculation is growing over who will replace the Cassel Mathale. The ANC has confirmed that Mathale will be redeployed to the national assembly. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe has confirmed that former Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale is going to be redeployed to the National Assembly.

Mathale resigned on Monday morning after a controversial spell as Premier.

While Mathale says he did his best since taking over in 2009, opposition parties say his departure is long overdue.

There is widespread speculation that Mathale was the latest victim of President Jacob Zuma's political axe which swung into action last week during the latest cabinet reshuffle.

Speaking to Talk Radio 702's John Robbie on Tuesday morning, Mantashe justified the move by saying, "he was redeployed because that was the decision taken".

He wouldn't elaborate further about the former Limpopo Premier's performance.

Meanwhile, as reaction continues to stream in to Mathale's resignation, speculation is growing that Limpopo may see more political casualties with the arrival of his replacement.

It's widely reported that SA's ambassador to Ukraine Stanley Mathabatha is a favourite to take over.

The Limpopo Provincial Legislature says it will swear in a new Premier as soon as a judge is available.

"We are still in consultation with the Ministry of Justice for them to get us a judge that can do the swearing in of the next premier. The date can only be determined by the judge," said the legislature's Purity Zwane.

The chairman of the ANC's provincial task team Philemon Mdaka said a new Premier may bring in new MECs which means there may still be more political casualties.

The future of at least two other Premiers is also reportedly being questioned.

The new candidate will be sworn in during a special meeting of the provincial legislature.

Despite his removal, the ANC maintains that Mathale has left behind a "prosperous, thriving and stable" province.

This is despite the fact that Limpopo remains under national government administration.

The ruling party described him as a comrade with a long ANC history and said it hoped to work with him in future.

Mathale was a staunch supporter of expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema who has now launched his own political movement, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

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