ANC Treasurer in Mpumalanga Mandla Msibi agrees to step aside.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Mpumalanga ANC treasurer general Mandla Msibi has heeded Luthuli House's call to step aside on Wednesday.
ANC Mpumalanga Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) appointed Speedy Mashilo as Acting-Treasurer, who was elected deputy chairperson.
Msibi confirmed that he had stepped aside: "Yes, I did. I did that myself as a disciplined cadre of the movement."
Acting Secretary-General Paul Mashatile wrote to Msibi, reminding him of the resolutions of the 54th national conference.
Msibi had previously vowed to challenge the charges against him. Speaking to the media outside the conference, Msibi had initially said he would be challenging the matter and where he should be on the sidelines.
"There is nowhere in the docket where my name is mentioned that I murdered people. Should it not be that you step aside when you are charged"
"So I'm going to request a meeting with the elected leadership so we can ascertain if I’m charged or not, because according to this docket I’m not charged, so I must seek the ANC’s advice. If the ANC says I must stay stepped aside, I’ll do so, but in my understanding I’m not charged," Msibi said.
Msibi was elected after 161 branches nominated him as treasurer at the 13th provincial elective conference at Witbank Dam this past weekend. He accepted the nomination through a letter because he was not allowed to attend.
Meanwhile newly elected Mpumalanga ANC chairperson Mandla Ndlovu says his provincial executive committee (PEC) has no plans to recall Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, who failed to make it to the province's top five.
However, he insisted that it was up to the ANC to decide the premier's future, even though he personally would not support her axing, just as he did not support former president Thabo Mbeki’s recalling by the national executive committee (NEC).
Ndlovu, who has replaced Deputy President David "DD" Mabuza as the most powerful politician in Mpumalanga, said Mtsweni-Tsipane would be allowed to serve the rest of her term until 2024.
Ndlovu said: "The premier (Motsweni-Tsipane) will continue to do her work until her term of office ends. There has been no discussions about me or anyone becoming premier. I was not in support of what happened in 2008 when comrade Mbeki was recalled... and I won't support that now. But like it was up to the ANC to recall Mbeki, it's up to the ANC now. I just don't support it."