Pressure is mounting on Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle to axe some of his executive committee members. It is understood the entire provincial working committee, an implementing arm of ANC decisions at provincial level, left for Luthuli House at the weekend to meet the governing party’s top officials. A similar battle is also playing out in North West, where a bid to unseat Premier Supra Mahumapelo is under way. KwaZulu-Natal, though under the leadership of a task team, is also riven by factionalism at provincial level. The Eastern Cape delegation was expected to table a report on how Masualle defied the ANC’s instructions to recall four of his MECs. Some of Masualle’s supporters on Monday marched on the ANC’s Luthuli House headquarters in Johannesburg and protested against the unruly elective conference that put Oscar Mabuyane in power. Three months ago the party resolved to recall some of its MECs, but Masualle has been pleading for more time. Masualle’s closest ally in the ...

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