DA told: Win an election and reshuffle your own cabinet

2011-07-20 15:11

If the DA wants to do their own reshuffle, they must win the elections, the ANC in Mpumalanga said in response to the opposition party’s claim that Premier David Mabuza has missed “a perfect opportunity” in his cabinet reshuffle.Mabuza reshuffled his cabinet yesterday by swapping the positions of public works and roads MEC Clifford Mukasi and health MEC Dikeledi Mahlangu.

The other cabinet MECs remained in their positions.DA provincial leader Anthony Benadie said Mabuza should have fired Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (Dedet) MEC Norman Mokoena for allegedly failing to solve the financial crisis at the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA).

Another parastatal under Dedet – the Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (Mega) – has been torn by strife between Mokoena and eight board members that he has been unsuccessfully trying to fire for defying his instructions.

The DA is not satisfied with Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Madala Masuku for allegedly failing to improve the state of municipalities in the province.

Education MEC Reginah Mhaule’s name also appears on the DA’s list of alleged poor performers.

“Once again the premier has chosen to retain those politically loyal to him and his agenda (whatever it might be), rather than prioritising the service delivery needs of Mpumalanga people,” Benadie said.

Benadie, however, said he welcomed Mukasi’s move to health because, as a doctor by profession, he was perfectly suited to understand the health needs of the province.Mpumalanga ANC spokesperson Paul Mbenyane dismissed Benadie’s accusations.

“We wonder which assessment tool the DA is using. For example, four out of the seven municipalities that got clean audit reports are from Mpumalanga. The ANC welcomes the premier’s decision. He has applied his mind correctly,” Mbenyane said.

“The ANC is disturbed by Benadie’s growing trend of attacking the premier. If the DA wants to do their own reshuffle, they must win the elections,” Mbenyane added.

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