Mpumalanga Premier denies trading sex for success with David Mabuza

Mpumalanga Premier denies trading sex for success with David Mabuza

Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has dismissed claims that she got the job as a result of her connection to Deputy-President David Mabuza

- Mtshweni-Tsipane said that this accusation stems from sexist ideas about women in power

- She also said Mabuza was too busy as deputy-president to be running Mpumalanga through her

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Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has hit back against allegations that she is an appointee of Deputy-President David Mabuza.

Specifically, Mtshweni-Tsipane denied claims that Mabuza was effectively running the province through her.

"I am an independent woman,' Mtshweni-Tsipane said.

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Mtshweni-Tsipane rapidly rose through the ANC ranks. Before becoming premier, she did not serve on any provincial executive committee or in any ANC structure, according to The Citizen.

She did, however, serve as MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs in Mpumalanga. She was appointed by then-premier David Mabuza, who also chose her to be acting premier when he became deputy-president.

Mtshweni-Tsipane's meteoric ascent has reportedly led to speculation within the ANC as to how she was able to claim such a high-powered post, has gathered. Some say that her relationship with Mabuza is a crucial factor.

For example, Mpumalanga ANC member Bishop Hangwi Maumela claimed that Mtshweni-Tsipane was Mabuza's girlfriend. Mabuza later filed charges of crimen injuria against Maumela over the comment,

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Mtshweni-Tsipane rejected this suggestion, however. She said it stemmed from the sexist idea that women cannot achieve influential positions unless they "go into bed with a particular man".

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