In its first showdown with deputy president David Mabuza in the National Assembly, the DA brought up the issue of political killings in Mabuza’s home province of Mpumalanga.
In the follow-up on his original question about Mabuza’s role in leading the moral regeneration movement on Tuesday, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen asked what the moral regeneration movement was planning on doing about “the morally repugnant” political killings.
Mabuza stared at Steenhuisen as he mentioned the names of politicians who were killed in Mpumalanga, where Mabuza was premier until he was appointed deputy president, including James Nkambule and Jimmy Mohlala.
Mohlala, who was the speaker of Mbombela municipality, was killed in 2009. He blew the whistle on massive tender corruption surrounding a stadium built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while Nkambule was allegedly poisoned for claiming politicians were behind assassinations in the province.
Although Steenhuisen didn’t state explicitly that Mabuza was connected to their deaths, an ANC MP got up to complain that he was casting aspersions on Mabuza.
Mabuza said MPs’ task was to uphold the Constitution.
Honourable members must do the right thing,” he said. He said they shouldn’t cast aspersions.
He said law enforcement agencies must do their work without any hindrance.
“All I can do as a citizen is help the police find a criminal,” Mabuza said.
“Just confess!” yelled DA MPs.
He said if MPs had any information on political killings, they must report it.
“If you know, go to the nearest police station and lay charges,” he said.
He said laying a charge means they must provide substantive information.
“It’s easy to cast aspersions, it’s difficult to be substantive,” he said, with a slight smile.
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“The term radical economic transformation stems out of frustration. Frustration is that the majority of our people don’t see progress.
I’m sure our comrades sitting here wearing red, they are telling you about economic freedom; economic emancipation. This is the stress our people are facing. That means we can no longer avoid these questions that are confronting us. If we want to survive as a nation, we can no longer protect the status quo. Land must be given back to the rightful owners and land
is a means to help people to survive,” said Mabuza.
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