President Jacob Zuma’s supporters have warned Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza that he may be jailed if he does not publicly declare his support for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the next ANC president, reports Mail & Guardian.
Mabuza, who is also the Mpumalanga ANC chair, made it clear at the ANC national policy conference that he is no longer going to belong to factions, says Mail & Guardian's Matuma Letsoalo.
Mabuza was a key figure of the so-called 'premier league' - staunch backers of Zuma - but appears to have changed his tune.
His interest is now to unite the ANC.— Matuma Letsoalo, Political Editor at the Mail & Guardian
Letsoalo says reliable sources close to Mabuza say he's been put under pressure to declare his support for Dlamini-Zuma.
It is not clear on what grounds Zuma supporters claim they will arrest Mabuza, Letsoalo explains.
There are a lot of issues that might put him at risk.— Matuma Letsoalo, Political Editor at the Mail & Guardian
It's alleged that Mabuza told others within the ANC that he was threatened to declare his support for Dlamini-Zuma ahead of Mpumalanga ANC's provincial general council in June.
Mabuza previously opened a case relating to R4 million that went missing from his private home.
He was also implicated in allegations of political assassinations in the province.
Letsoalo says politicians have been using threats and intimidation tactics to garner votes and says Mpumalanga has been hit by a spate of political killings in the past.
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