PREMIER MABUZA HAPPY TO CLEAR HIS NAME
24 November 2014
Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has today [Monday, 24 November 2014] spoken for the first time about the accusations leveled against him by the former Premier and ANC Treasurer-General Mathews Phosa that he was an apartheid spy.
Premier Mabuza says he has requested the President to appoint a judicial commission of enquiry to investigate the matter in order for the public to know the truth.
The Premier has confirmed that he has further taken this matter to court and has laid civil charges against Mr Phosa.
I stand accused by one of my comrades, who was once the provincial chairperson of the ANC and Premier of our province. I am accused in my personal capacity as Mr DD Mabuza, and again in my capacites as the chairperson of the ANC in the province and Premier of the provincial government.
I am no longer fishing, I know who wrote this document sent to the Officials at Luthuli House. According to me, Phosa is the author and distributor of this information and I will sue him for authoring this document.
Since I am the Premier of the province, it is my suggestion that the President must appoint a judicial commission of enquiry, government has a right to investigate me. Therefore allow me to walk this road, I am definitely sure it will pay eternal peace and it will close a certain chapter in our province,” said Mabuza.
Mabuza has assured the people that the allegations about him are a “pure lie” meant to tarnish his stature and defocus him from doing his work. He said he was prepared to prove to the ANC that these unfounded allegations were nothing else but innuendo.
He said he had a good brotherly and comradeship relationship with Mr Phosa, however the relations suddenly changed when he was nominated to stand as the Chairperson of the ANC in Mpumalanga.
I guess, since then I was never in his books. I was challenged as a Premier, my term as Chairperson had many challenges and I could not tell who was who in the zoo, but now it all comes together,” said Mabuza.
The Premier said he believed the people in general had confidence in him as he was twice elected the leader of the ANC in good standing.
I don’t know how one can describe the conduct of a spy because I struggled, I was arrested and I served in the structures of the ANC. As we speak I have united the province, except for few detractors. I am absolutely happy that this opportunity has indeed presented itself, all these allegations will be cleared.
“Maybe this is the beginning of the road we must travel, I am happy to clear my name, and the integrity of the ANC which carries the reputation of leading the country. This opportunity will help a number of people who have many questions to know the truth,” said Mabuza.
The Premier said he was considering laying criminal charges against Mr Phosa.
Issued by Zibonele Mncwango
Spokesperson: Mpumalanga Premier
Mpumalanga Provincial Government
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