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Phosa warns Mabuza should establish credibility, earn trust

The former ANC treasurer general says Mabuza is engulfed in scandals from corruption to political assassinations and, as a result, he is not to be trusted.

David Mabuza sitting with the Mpumalanga delegation during the nominations process at the ANC's national conference on 17 December 2017. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) veteran and former treasurer general Mathews Phosa says newly elected deputy president David Mabuza will have to establish credibility - if he is to be trusted.

Phosa is Mabuza's mentor turned political nemesis.

His predecessor as Mpumalanga premier, Phosa recruited Mabuza into the ANC during apartheid - but their relationship deteriorated into a court showdown over allegations of defamation.

The former ANC treasurer general says Mabuza is engulfed in scandals from corruption to political assassinations and, as a result, he is not to be trusted.

“I think there’s an issue of credibility, the people don’t trust DD because of all of the questions of corruption. He is going to have to establish credibility as a human being.”

He is worried that the party's top six will be dysfunctional and Ramaphosa is going to face resistance.

“Cyril must clean his own stable first, of the top six. He must check these guys and satisfy himself that every one of them will not compromise his position as president. Cyril has a good heart, and they must not abuse that good heart.”

Phosa says while people have lost faith in the ANC, the new ANC president should be supported.

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(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)