Assistant of Defense and military veteran Thabang Makwetla left hundreds of people present at Imbizo President in Carolina, Mpumalanga, sewing as he introduced himself as vice chairman.
While it appeared that Thabang Makwetla, who was also program director on Friday, was silent, those in attendance speculated that he may have signaled hopes of running for the second-highest position at the ANC election conference in December.
“Conference season has started,” some of those present can be heard shouting. Thabang Makwetla colleagues also joined in on the fun, asking, "Are you trying to tell us something, deputy?" The Deputy Secretary found his mistake amusing, quickly laughed off the introduction and made sure to introduce himself again as Deputy Minister of Defense.
While many ANC leaders, including Attorney General Ronald Lamola, Treasurer General Paul Mashatille and others, have expressed a desire to run for vice president, Macvetla's name never comes up in conversation.
Deputy Minister of Defense and military veteran Makvetla. Thabang Makwetla is a veteran politician with many years of political experience, including Prime Minister Mpumalanga from 2004 to 2009. However, Makwetla's career was marred by allegations of corruption after former Bossa employee Richard Le Roux told the State Capture Inquiry about increased security at his home.
Le Roux spoke of the "special project" he undertook under the supervision of various Bosasa directors, including CEO Gavin Watson, Chief Operating Officer Angelo Agrizi, Trevor Matengwa, Sivion Dlamini and Papa Leshabane.
Specific projects include installing security systems, including electric fences, video surveillance and alarm systems, in the homes of politicians and government officials, including Makwetla. Thabang Makwetla maintains his innocence. The ANC is expected to host its election conference in December and the post of deputy leader is likely to be fiercely contested.
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