Mpumalanga health MEC Gillion Mashego was supposed to be at the top of the list of Premier David Mabuza’s fired MECs, the DA said, reacting to Mabuza’s cabinet reshuffle.
Mashego failed to implement the turnaround strategy in order to improve Mpumalanga’s healthcare services, the party said in a statement.
Provincial leader James Masango said the DA has been calling on Mabuza to fire Mashego after Mashego “proved time and time again that he is not fit to lead the vital department”, Masango said.
“Mabuza missed an opportunity to clean up the mess in the Health Department by failing to fire Mashego,” said Masango.
Four MECs were fired by Mabuza this week, and Vusi Shongwe was moved from the Safety and Security Department to the Agriculture and Land Affairs Department, replacing axed Andries Gamede. Pat Ngomane came in Shongwe’s Safety and Security position.
“The DA is also not convinced that the removal of MEC Vusi Shongwe from Safety to Agriculture was a clever move,” Masango said.
“Mabuza replaced Shongwe with his former nemesis Pat Ngomane. Ngomane has clearly been awarded for turning his back on the Save Mpumalanga ANC group which was calling for the removal of Mabuza as chairman.”
So Ngomane made a U-turn and reconciled with Mabuza before 3 August 2016’s local government elections, “and this is his reward and a strategy to bring back the ANC supporters who were part of the Save Mpumalanga ANC group,” said Masango.
“The DA does however welcome the appointment of former ANCYL secretary Sasekani Manzini, former mayor of Chief Albert Luthuli local municipality Busi Shiba and regional chairman of the ANC in Nkangala Speedy Mashilo,” he said.
(edited by MLM)