Wits School of Governance professor Ivor Sarakinsky says ANC deputy president David Mabuza is continuing to play the kind of game he played at Nasrec in 2017 as an indispensable ally within the party's internal politics.
Mabuza will be sworn in as an MP at the Union Buildings on Tuesday after he postponed last week, saying he wanted to clear his name with the party's integrity commission.
The commission has since cleared him.
Sarakinsky says by doing, this Mabuza is trying to sanitise his reputation as a way to clear his way for high office.
What we don't know as citizens is what the issues were that the ANC's integrity commission raised and what evidence was brought forward to refute those allegations.— Ivor Sarakinsky, Professor - Wits School of Governance
Whether they were trivial allegations or were serious ones based on his experiences in Mpumalanga, we don't know. So there's a cloud around him...— Ivor Sarakinsky, Professor - Wits School of Governance
According to Sarakinsky, Mabuza's issues have stolen President Cyril Ramaphosa's shine; instead of talking about his inauguration the focus is now on the deputy president.
He says if Mabuza is playing these games in order to pave his way to the high office he might not make it because his tactics will still be lingering in the minds of South Africans during the 2022 electoral conference.
People will have long memories of his betrayal in 2017 and there's a very good chance that he might not even make it into the top six.— Ivor Sarakinsky, Professor - Wits School of Governance
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