'Dirty dealings threaten political relations in Mpumalanga'

The SACP in Mpumalanga has reacted to an alleged assassination attempt on Premier David Mabuza.

FILE: Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - As officials in Mpumalanga say they still don't know who tried to kill Premier David Mabuza, the South African Communist Party (SACP) in the province says corruption and political manipulation are poisoning political relationships there.

Earlier this week Mabuza said that he has been away from work for three months because he had been poisoned at a children's party.

Mabuza hasn't said who is now in charge of investigating what he says was an assassination attempt.

But his province has seen several politically inspired killings and there are claims of dirty dealings and high-level corruption.

The Mpumalanga SACP's Lesetja Digale says these are serious problems.

"I have raised a lot of issues around issues of corruption, political killings and political manipulation."

Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance in the province says it wants to know why the provincial African National Congress first said Mabuza was simply resting because he was overworked while he now says he was poisoned.