'David Mabuza comes to the deputy presidency with a cupboard full of skeletons'

South Africa's new deputy president David Mabuza is alleged to have a long list of scandals trailing behind him.

While he has never been convicted of any crimes, the political figure has been followed by a number of skeletons, reports EWN's Mandy Wiener.

Mabuza - referred to by his supporters as ‘DD’ - is the ANC's deputy president and Mpumalanga premier.

Read: Bongani Bingwa questions if Mabuza was ever properly investigated

He's believed to be part of the so-called ‘Premier League’ and is seen as a kingmaker in the ruling party who has played his cards right to become second in command.

Wiener says Mabuza was recruited into the ANC by former Mpumalanga premier Mathews Phosa when he was still teaching at the age of 26.

Also read: Stephen Grootes: There isn't much Mabuza can do without Ramaphosa's say so

Phosa would later turn from political mentor to nemesis, after accusing Mabuza of being an apartheid era spy.

When Mabuza became Mpumalanga premier he was implicated in several allegations of tender fraud, corruption and political assignations in the province.

The one thing we've learned about David Mabuza over the past six months or so is that he's a master tactician.

Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter

He's really shown cunning, particularly how he leveraged that unity vote in the run up to the ANC elective conference.

Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter

He really has played the game incredibly well to get to this position.

Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter

He comes to the deputy presidency with a cupboard full of skeletons.

Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter

I believe he is staying the long game and is looking 10 years down the line when he's in line to become president.

Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter

There was this bizarre story of R14 million in cash that got stolen from his official home in Mpumalanga.

Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter

There was also a bizarre story of him being poisoned and him taking the Gupta family’s private jet to get treatment in Russia.

Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter

When he was the Education MEC in Mpumalanga, he inflated the matric results by something like 20%. The then premier Mathews Phosa was forced to fire him.

Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter

Take a listen to Mandy Wiener's in-depth insight into David Mabuza's political career:


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