5 things for David Mabuza’s to-do list

2014-05-21 17:35

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David Mabuza is the first Mpumalanga premier to be appointed for a second term. Sizwe sama Yende identifies the issues Mabuza will likely have to grapple with in his new term.

» The Democratic Alliance will have a strong ally in the Economic Freedom Fighters to force Mabuza to account for spending R5 million on luxury vehicles – above what he is allowed, according to the Ministerial Handbook.

» The noise made about the R70 million spent in December on Nelson Mandela’s memorial services is unlikely to die soon even though there are increased attempts to squash the matter.

» Financial problems in the departments of safety and security, health and agriculture, which were put under curatorship. Safety and security’s coffers were drained by security contracts worth R7 billion, which were inflated seven-fold from the previous contract.

The health department has reportedly overspent on medicine by R300 million while the agriculture department has been struggling to pay its bills – also as a result of poor planning.

» Mabuza will have to keep his word to fire under-performing municipal managers. He has not yet done anything since making the announcement last year and forcing managers to sign letters pledging to resign if their municipalities received a disclaimer of opinion from the Auditor-General.

» Water shortages and a lack of service delivery will still haunt Mabuza’s administration. Providing water is another promise he will have to fulfil after all municipal water budgets were channelled to the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency.

Who is Mabuza?

Mabuza (53) has managed to escape a series of onslaughts from his comrades who have been demanding his recall since 2008, citing rampant corruption in his administration and the violation of constitutional guidelines in the ANC structures.

The matric scandal – where results were inflated while he was education MEC under Mathews Phosa – did not stop his star from rising.

Those close to him marvel at his tendency to dump allies and still manage to win political battles. They say he religiously reads Sun Tzu’s The Art of War to which they attribute his survival strategies.

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