17 January 2018

South Africa: Critics Claim New ANC SG Magashule Wants to Cement Control in Free State Before Moving to Luthuli House

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Free State Premier Ace Magashule, elected ANC secretary-general in December, moved on Tuesday to fill vacant government positions in his province with unemployed graduates ahead of his deployment to Luthuli House. Opposition parties caution that he might be trying to maintain his grip on the province. By GREG NICOLSON.

Opponents of Free State Premier Ace Magashule have expressed concern that the province's political tsar wants to extend patronage and protect his future in the province after leaving the Free State leadership, by filling vacant regional government posts before he resigns from his provincial position to work at the ANC's headquarters, Luthuli House.

Magashule's office called a meeting for Tuesday demanding all heads of department (HoDs) and provincial cabinet members (MECs) make presentations on vacant government posts. The compulsory invitation to the meeting was issued by the premier's administrative secretary, Moroadi Cholota.

"All MECs and HoDs are requested to attend," said the directive from Magashule's office. "No apologies will be accepted."

Magashule was elected ANC secretary-general in December and according to party rules should vacate his position as Free State premier and chairperson. The secretary-general post is a full-time one and while Magashule reportedly wanted to finish his term in the...

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