Yet again South Africa's ruling party stands shamefaced as they are embarrassed by another scandal - this one involving deputy president David Mabuza. The New York Times did a report on Mabuza and it's not looking good.
Deputy President David Mabuza was exposed by The New York Times as power-hungry and corrupt.
The Daily Maverick reported that seasoned New York Times Johannesburg bureau chief Norimitsu Onishi and journalist Selam Gebrekidan did a page one story on Saturday.
In the story, it is alleged that Mabuza bought loyalty as well as his leadership in the ANC.
It is furhter claimed that while acting as Mpumalanga Premier, Mabuza syphoned off money from public services and schools to grow more powerful.
Millions apparently disappeared and were misspent every year of Mabuza's premiership.
The New York Times also stated that Mabuza's career as politician grew as he lured ANC members with government contracts and cash.
This damning report by the world-known publication puts the ANC in a bad light, causing doubt about their fight against corruption.
Another claim against Mabuza is that he never took care of Mpumalanga schools like he could have and should have. Many schools still don't have proper toilets - learners are forced to use pit toilets - despite money being allocated to addressing these issues.
Under Mabuza, the Mpumalanga province is also accused of faking pass rates for national exams and claiming improvement where there was none.
A former ANC leader, Collen Sedibe, worked closely with Mabuza and claims he cemented what was named a “Rapid Implementation Unit”. He took away the authority of local officials and that's how he could loot.
It is also reported that Mpumalanga treasury officials are now investigating 'irregular' expenses made during Mabuza's time as premier.
Mabuza was not available for comments on the allegations.
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