A complaint filed at the Office of the Public Protector sheds some light on the fierce power struggle in the ranks of the ANC and its government.
The complainant who prefers to remain anonymous claims that Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is playing a chess game to get the deputy president removed from office to take office herself.
The Office of the Public Protector declined to comment on the complaint, strengthening the suspicion that such a complaint was received by Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
According to reports, Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is appointing loyal supporters in her department with the intention of pushing David Mabuza out of office as vice president and then taking the seat herself.
The move suggests that it puts her in a strong position to succeed Ramaphosa, especially if Mabuza’s influence is illuminated and the ANC president will receive much less support without his deputy’s influence.