Mpumalanga health MEC Gillion Mashego was supposed to be at the top ofthe list of Premier David Mabuza’s fired MECs, the DA said, reacting toMabuza’s cabinet reshuffle.
Mashego failed to implement the turnaround strategy in order toimprove Mpumalanga’s healthcare services, the party said in astatement.
Provincial leader James Masango said the DA has been calling onMabuza to fire Mashego after Mashego “proved time and time again thathe is not fit to lead the vital department”, Masango said.
“Mabuza missed an opportunity to clean up the mess in the HealthDepartment by failing to fire Mashego,” said Masango.
Four MECs were fired by Mabuza this week, and Vusi Shongwe was movedfrom the Safety and Security Department to the Agriculture and LandAffairs Department, replacing axed Andries Gamede. Pat Ngomane came inShongwe’s Safety and Security position.
“The DA is also not convinced that the removal of MEC Vusi Shongwefrom Safety to Agriculture was a clever move,” Masango said.
“Mabuza replaced Shongwe with his former nemesis Pat Ngomane. Ngomanehas clearly been awarded for turning his back on the Save MpumalangaANC group which was calling for the removal of Mabuza as chairman.”
So Ngomane made a U-turn and reconciled with Mabuza before 3 August2016’s local government elections, “and this is his reward and astrategy to bring back the ANC supporters who were part of the SaveMpumalanga ANC group,” said Masango.
“The DA does however welcome the appointment of former ANCYL secretarySasekani Manzini, former mayor of Chief Albert Luthuli localmunicipality Busi Shiba and regional chairman of the ANC in NkangalaSpeedy Mashilo,” he said.
The five Mpumalanga MECs who were announced in Premier David Mabuza’scabinet reshuffle on Wednesday this week were sworn in on Thursdaymorning.
The five members of the Mpumalanga provincial executive councilcommitted themselves before Tshwane High Court Judge Fransis Legodi atthe Mbombela Magistrates Court on Thursday that they will be servantsof the people.
DD Mabuza’s office said the Premier congratulates Vusi Shongwe, whowas moved from the Safety and Security Department to the Agricultureand Land Affairs Department, new Human Settlement MEC Speedy Mashilo,Public Works, Roads and Transport MEC Sasekani Manzini, SocialDevelopment MEC Busi Shiba as well as new Safety and Security MEC PatNgomane on their swearing in to the executive council.
Two weeks ago when the ANC deployed former Social Development MECNomsa Mtsweni as mayor of Thembisile Hani local municipality andformer Public Works, Roads and Transport MEC Dumisile Nhlengethwa asspeaker of Msukaligwa local municipality two vacant posts were created inMabuza’s cabinet.
Shiba came in Mtsweni’s place as the new Social Development MEC whileManzini took over from Nhlengethwa’s Public Works, Roads and Transportpost.
Andries Gamede was sacked as Agriculture and Land Affairs MEC andreplaced by Shongwe while Ngomane took over from Shongwe’s previouspost, the Safe and Security Department, and Violet Siwela’s HumanSettlements post taken by Mashilo.
The leader of the South African Communist Party (SACP) in Mpumalanga,Bonakele Majuba, on Wednesday said they were not consulted about thedecision to reshuffle the cabinet of the Mpumalanga government.
Premier DD Mabuza today announced the reshuffling of his cabinet at a press conference held at the Riverside Government Complex. In what is seen as a calculated chess move to consolidate his power base and close ranks against his dissenters, as the focus steadfastly turns towards the ANCs 2017 elective conference.
A week ago two cabinet vacancies were created when two MECs wereredeployed to municipalities.Social Development MEC Nomsa Mtsweni was appointed mayor of ThembisileHani municipality while Public Works, Roads and Transport MEC DumisileNhlengwetha became speaker of Msukaligwa.
In his message of support to the December 2015 conference that elected Mabuza to a third term in office and speaking in his capacity as ANCYL deputy president, Desmond Moela called for certain MECs to fall as they were not assisting young people.
We also need those blue lights as young people he said to applause.
In what can be seen to be a culmination of that call, Premier David Mabuza today announced Sasekani Manzini – former YL provincial secretary – as the newPublic Works, Roads and Transport MEC in Nhlengethwa’s place and BusiShiba in Mtsweni’s place.
Shiba was the mayor of the Chief Albert Luthuli municipality in theGert Sibande district.
A source in the party’s eHlanzeni regional executive committee told 013NEWS that Mabuza was realigning the cabinet and more specifically the departments with big budgets in order to have a firm grip on resources going towards the contestation of the party’s top positions. He also said that Sports and Culture MEC Norah Mahlangu-Mabena could also be reshuffled.
The other two MECs who lost their jobs were Agriculture and Land Affairs’ AndriesGamede and Human Settlement’s Violet Siwela.Vusi Shongwe was moved from Safety and Security Department to head upthe Agriculture Department, replacing Gamede. Legislature deputy chief whip PatNgomane will take over from Shongwe who moves to Agriculture and Land Affairs while Nkangala regional chairman Speedy Mashilo takes over from Siwela as the new Human Settlement MEC.
Siwela is now the deputy speaker of the legislature.
Last week ANC provincial secretary Mandla Ndlovu indicated that they nowwant to strengthen capacity of local government by putting “strong andtested leaders” in government but said it was not true thatNhlengethwa and Mtsweni’s appointments to municipalities were ademotion.
Last week Thursday Mabuza appointed his former rival Peter Nyoni, whohas now been united with him, to be head of department as well Nyoni’swife, Jester Sidel, to be a municipal mayor.