One of the leading opinionistas in the province, Dr David Dube, will be launching two books, and they will undoubtedly ruffle some political feathers within the political scene in the province and elsewhere.
Dr Dube is the former deputy provincial chairperson of the African National Congress, and until recent 2019 general elections, was a member of the Mpumalanga provincial legislature.
The title of one of his books, The Al Capones of Mpumalanga, has 29 chapters, and it could answer many questions that the people of Mpumalanga and the country may have been asking.
One of the chapters delves into the so-called betrayal of the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (NDZ) faction at the ANC’s 54th National Conference held at NASREC outside Soweto in December 2017.
Cyril Ramaphosa emerged as the president of the ANC and later the president of the Republic of South Africa.
Some of the chapters detail the encounters that Dube had with the man who calls himself The Cat, including his stint as the head of department of human settlements, and about how his political career and those of other comrades in the ANC were destroyed.
Nothing seems spared in the book. From the Premier League, the name given to the coalition of premiers aligned to the Gupta family and Mpumalanga province. Other members of the “league” are believed to be Free State, North West and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.
The coalition was meant to catapult Dlamini-Zuma into the ANC presidency, but suffered a blow in what became known as the “big betrayal” when Mabuza allegedly switched sides and supported Ramapahosa’s faction in return for a deputy presidency position.
This was not a formal structure of the ANC, however, the ANC NEC of the time did not seem to have any problems with its existence and influence on the ANC.
The league collapsed when Ramaphosa became president and vowed to fight corruption.
An interesting chapter would undoubtedly be the Chapter Seven, which deals with the so-called Rapid Implementation Unit (RIU).
The RIU is typical of the informal structures that are being exposed at the Zondo Commission of Enquiry into State Capture.
The RIU was billed as a rapid service delivery unit, however, it turned out to be a vehicle of centralising tenders in the office of the premier, and central to it was former director-general, Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize, who was recently found to have committed irregular expenditure by the public protector. The PP also asked the Hawks to investigate her for possible criminal activity after she paid R4, 5 million to Carol Bouwer in addition to R39 million that she had quoted for the memorial service of the late president Nelson Mandela.
Dube’s books seems like a contemporary history of Mpumalanga political history, and there’s no doubt that it will leave many tongues wagging, almost in a similar manner that journalists Mzilikazi Wa-Afrika and Sizwe SamaYende’s books had done.
Dube’s second book, LEADERSHIP AND HUMAN RESOURCES – Complementary Change Agents for Sustainable Municipality Services is less controversial, but tackles serious issues such as the role of the auditor-general in addressing in enforcing accountability in government institutions.
Thus, the books seem to complement each other, with the first being an account of what has been happening in the past ten years, and the second one is about what could have been done correctly.
The launch is on 12 September 2019 at Emnotweni Arena at 18:00.