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'ANC shouldn't redeploy Mathale'

Cosatu in Limpopo has criticised the ANC for keeping Cassel Mathale in government.

Former Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale resigned on 15 July after a controversial spell as premier.Picture:EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Limpopo says it hopes the African National Congress (ANC) will reconsider its decision to appoint former Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale as a member of Parliament.

Mathale officially resigned from his Limpopo post on Monday after a controversial spell as premier.

He said his resignation was in line with an announcement made by the ANC to recall him.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe confirmed on Tuesday that Mathale will be redeployed to the National Assembly.

Cosatu in Limpopo strongly criticised Mathale while he was premier accusing him of dishing out money to selected cronies.

Costatu's Provincial secretary Dan Sibabi says he's not happy with the ruling party's decision.

"Let's hope the ANC propels the revolution forward and reviews the decision because morally, it's not a good decision at all."

Sibabi also says Mathale left Limpopo in dire straits.

This is in contrast to the ANC's comments that Mathale left behind a "prosperous, thriving and stable" province.

VICTIM OF ZUMA'S RESHUFFLE?

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.

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.

The ruling party described Mathale 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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