By ZINGISA MVUMVU and ZINE GEORGE
Senior SA Communist Party leaders in the Eastern Cape have dumped premier Phumulo Masualle in favour of Oscar Mabuyane as the next ANC provincial chairman.
This is significant as Masualle is a senior leader in the SACP and also sits on its Central Committee. This comes as the race towards the ANC provincial elective conference in June gains momentum.
Today the Dispatch can exclusively reveal that Masualle’s longtime allies, including SACP provincial secretary Xolile Nqatha, education MEC Mandla Makupula and SACP provincial chairman Zolile Mrara had a meeting with ANC provincial secretary Mabuyane last week to “express their disappointment” over Masualle’s handling of both government and ANC matters.
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