Bela-Bela Iron Lady, Hendrietta Ledwaba (right) in full cry on the occasion of the ANC 106th anniversary. Photo: Mzamane Ringane

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ANC Deputy President David Mabuza has brought bad news for corrupt officials and politicians when he offered his unqualified endorsement, to leader Cyril Ramaphosa’s relentless pursuit of those with their hands in the till.

The incoming Ramaphosa leadership, through the Hawks and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), has been probing big guns, such as no less than raiding the offices of Free State Premier, Ace Magashule.

Speaking at a well-attended ANC 106th birthday rally at Modimolle’s Ephraim Mogale Stadium, Mabuza said the new leadership would prioritize investigations into corruption and state capture at all levels of government.

The Mpumalanga Premier, Mabuza, buried all speculation that he was siding with Zuma, when he told the applauding audience Ramaphosa was his leader of choice.

“Ramaphosa shall be supported by all of us (in the ANC) and (I can assure you) he is very safe with me next to him,” he said.

He said the ANC leadership was in overwhelming agreement to fight corruption, and move swiftly to provide land for potential farmers, so as to create jobs.

Mabuza nudged ANC structures at provincial, regional and local level to campaign for the unity of the ANC.

“If you succeed in uniting the ANC leadership, it would be so much easier to unite the broader community of South Africa,” he said.

In a veiled reference to Zuma’s fading star, Mabuza said leaders in the ANC “come and go”, but that the ANC shall remain the leader of society.

“If you asked me to choose, I will always choose the ANC,” he said.

He added that factionalism and “name-calling” should come to an end within the ranks of the ruling party.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha said proper “discipline” should assist in the ANC reclaiming the DA-led Modimolle-Mookgophong Municipality.

18 days ago       01 February 2018