Hlokomelo Mabogale |
As calls for Stan Mathabatha to step down as Limpopo Premier are growing, the provincial ANC is backing him to stay on.
The Cosatu in Limpopo said Mathabatha should go because he is “soft” in dealing with corruption. The ANC do not think so.
The party in a statement said “The ANC in Limpopo takes note of media statement issued by COSATU’s Provincial Chapter, in which it casts aspersion on the leadership prowess of Cde Chupu Stan Mathabatha, as both Premier and Chairperson of the ANC in this Province.”
Limpopo ANC secretary Soviet Lekganyane said the party will not engage with Cosatu through the media.
“The ANC, as a matter of principle, will not communicate with Cosatu or any members of the Alliance through the media. The ANC is of the view that Cosatu is aware of existing avenues and platforms created specifically to enable alliance partners to interact.” He said.
Lekganyane said It is worrisome that the Federation would “ ‘lump together’ such a list of trepidations, with the resolve of demeaning the person and character of Cde Mathabatha, who is part of a collective.”
ANC in Limpompo affirmed their unwavering support for the Premier.
“Mathabatha enjoys the confidence of the ANC in Limpopo to lead both the organisation and government in the Province,” concluded Lekganyane.