Minister denies campaign to oust David Mabuza as deputy president

Minister denies campaign to oust David Mabuza as deputy president

- Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has denied a plot to oust Deputy President David Mabuza

- This follows reports that Sisulu was attempting to move in on the second-in-command's position

- Mabuza is allegedly set to face corruption charges stemming from his time as the Premier of Mpumalanga

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Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has denied any intention of ousting Deputy President David Mabuza following reports in this regard.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Human Settlements, spokesperson Makhosini Mgitywa commented:

"The Ministery of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation rejects the allegations by unnamed sources in a Johannesburg weekly newspaper today, suggesting that Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is building a campaign in her office to oust Deputy President David Mabuza as the ANC's deputy leader."

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Mail & Guardian reports that two anonymous complaints were lodged both with the Public Protector and the Public Service Commission, claiming that Sisulu was attempting to mobilise supporters against Mabuza.

The minister is reportedly basing this move on the assumption that the deputy is set to be 'compromised' by corruption charges stemming from his time at the helm of Mpumalanga as Premier.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Sisulu was accused of filling her office with individuals who had aided in her failed bid to become the president of the ANC in 2017.

In the statement, the department maintains that all appointments were above board:

“All appointments that we make are above board and all officials which we appoint meet the requirements for the posts they get appointed to. We will not entertain speculation about future appointments to any of the vacancies in the departments she oversees or entities under them."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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