South Africa: The Long and Winding Road – David Mabuza


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A fearless NPA and a Hawks unit with proper investigative capacity could be the greatest threats yet to the political ambitions of Deputy President David Mabuza. The simple laying of a charge with substance by a prosecutor could be enough to end his political career.

Over the past few weeks, there has been much public discussion around the possibility of Deputy President David Mabuza becoming the leader of the ANC, and then President. For many in the urban middle classes, this would signal difficult times ahead. Mabuza’s reputation among this constituency is such that many believe they have something to fear from him. His reluctance to answer questions on the record about his history and the claims against him only entrenches these perceptions.

Despite his obvious political gifts, and the position that he now holds, there are still very significant and important obstacles to his attempts to become president. On balance, it may be close to impossible for him to achieve what may be his long-term aim.

There are many claims made about Mabuza: That he was involved in political murders; that he enabled lying about matric results as far back as 1998; that he is guilty of creating a…

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Publish date : 2019-06-03 07:06:57

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