Mashilo heads for political wilderness after premier's snub

- | 10 months ago

The ANC’s Mpumalanga Nkangala regional chairperson, Speedy Mashilo, is said to be “licking his wounds” after the shock of being excluded from the Mpumalanga executive council announced by premier Refilwe Mtshweni, with insiders pointing to the one-time ANC strongman’s imminent political demise.

The once former Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza’s frontman served as MEC for human settlements in Mabuza’s Cabinet before he was moved to the corporate governance and traditional affairs portfolio. But Mtshweni replaced Mashilo, her political boss in the region, with Mandla Msibi in an unexpected move that ignited political shock waves in the province.

Mashilo was highly regarded and his sidelining marked the beginning of a process to purge certain leaders that were said to be threat to her power.

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