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By Thando Mgaga and Zine George | Dec 20, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 37 ]

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma's re-election is already having ripple effects in various provinces, with the removal of some premiers on the cards.

Sowetan has learnt that the North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape want their premiers removed.

However, Premier Zweli Mkhize's elevation to the top six as treasurer-general has automatically opened up the space as his position is full-time in the ANC at its headquarters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

Meanwhile in Gauteng, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, who was key in lobbying for Zuma's victory, is understood to be working to oust chairman Paul Mashatile, who serves as arts and culture minister, when the province holds its conference next year.

Eastern Cape secretary Oscar Mabuyane said there was a strong move to eliminate having "two centres of power" in the province and that "we as a province should be appealing to national government to ensure the centre holds".

Provincial chairman Phumullo Masualle declined the national executive committee nomination, and it is understood that the province wants him to take over from Premier Noxolo Kiviet.

In KwaZulu-Natal, Mkhize's elevation to the top six has opened the door for provincial executive committee member and education MEC Senzo Mchunu to take over.

North West seems set to approach Luthuli House to remove their premier, Thandi Modise. A senior provincial leader who did not want to be identified said Modise had failed to unite the province.


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What a difference two years make. Not long ago Paul Mashatile was was gloating over his win over Nomvula. I think the lady is going to drive the dagger deep now that she chose the winning side. We might get to hear about more R100 000 dinners by Mashatile.

Dec 20, 2012 8:7 | 0 replies

CharlesTaylor - LOL, thats the same excuse Jacob and all the other Zuma-aligned top dawgs used last time :P

"centers of power, unity, service delivery"...

Lets face it dude, your party is crumbling under the weight of Jacob. Pretty soon only Zulu's will be voting ANC.

Dec 20, 2012 9:39 | 0 replies

And the struggle for power begins...
#Sin, you can say that again, and I wouldn't be surprised to hear about assasination attempts, what a bunch of wait cows are way too good.

Dec 20, 2012 9:59 | 0 replies

Stupids who dont know whether its day or night, nor it is coming or going. KZN was a least I expected, PUPPETS.

Dec 20, 2012 10:11 | 0 replies

JZ must be very careful. Life has taught me that the very same hand that is patting you on the back, is the one most probable to be holding the knife to stab you in the back with.

Dec 20, 2012 10:13 | 0 replies

Lebohang pheko, the 1 covering the mangaung conference is hot , i wouldn't mind doing her

Dec 20, 2012 10:19 | 0 replies

@oldlady12 - JZ must be very careful. Life has taught me that the very same hand that is patting you on the back, is the one most probable to be holding the knife to stab you in the back with.
What happened in your case oldie?

Dec 20, 2012 10:22 | 0 replies


how i hope that can come true

Dec 20, 2012 10:24 | 0 replies

@Sasfrican, they should be removed for Zuma's plans to be implemented. They went against him having their plans so keeping them they will be implementing theirs.

Dec 20, 2012 10:30 | 0 replies

Oh boy TLekota ......they were exercising their democratic right#zumazvoice#,you dont remove people coz they differ from you,as a leader you sit them down,hear their side and reasons why they are against what you proposing,work around that,hell the ones who are in his gravy book dont like him,they are there to stuff their pockets full with our tax money

Dec 20, 2012 10:37 | 0 replies

Esh to be ruled by the un educated fools is the pain in the bum. ANC are still blaming past time but it being eighteen years of democracy . and the qualifications only takes three to four years to have one.

Dec 20, 2012 10:46 | 0 replies