Two high level delegations from the ANC's national working committee yesterday visited Eastern Cape and Western Cape to try and convince party structures and legislatures to accept the dismissals of Nosimo Balindlela and Ebrahim Rasool.
In terms of the Constitution only the legislature can remove a premier through a resolution supported by a two-thirds majority .
ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe and Transport Minister Jeff Radebe flew to Eastern Cape, while deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe and chairman Baleka Mbete undertook a similar visit to Western Cape yesterday.
At its national conference in Polokwane last December the party wrested the powers to appoint and fire premiers from President Thabo Mbeki to the NEC.
At Luthuli House yesterday Mantashe denied that the two premiers were fired. He said there were problems raised by ANC structures against their administrations.
He refused to name replacements for Balindlela and Rasool.
But it is understood that the SACP is pushing for its treasurer, Phumulo Masualle, to take over from Balindlela, while Rasool might be replaced by Lynne Brown, the MEC for finance and tourism.