Ace Magashule (Picture: GCIS)
Bloemfontein - The Free State's new provincial executive
will be announced on Thursday, spokesperson Mondli Mvambi said on Tuesday.
"There is no need to rush while considering how and
who would respond properly to the genuine concerns of people in the
province," said Mvambi.
He was reacting to a DA allegation that Premier Ace
Magashule was resting on his laurels in announcing his executive committee.
"We are concerned this delay would further
exacerbate serious problems within the provincial departments of health and
education," DA caucus leader Roy Jankielsohn said in a statement.
Mvambi said the executive council would be announced in
Welkom on Thursday.
The premier had been consulting on the most suitable
candidates to lead departments since his inauguration.
Mvambi indicated Magashule was also consulting on how
best to respond to concerns raised during the recent election campaign.
Lots of work to do
Jankielsohn said the new MECs had a lot of work to do and
Magashule's delayed announcement was ironic.
"It is ironic Premier Magashule at his election to
the premiership last week stated that 'now was the time to work for the people
of the Free State', and yet no work has begun."
Jankielsohn said various Free State medical facilities
suffered food, medicine, and critical professional medical staff shortages.
"The provincial department of health is in serious
The health department entered the current financial year
with R700m in accrued shortfalls and currently required "intensive
Jankielsohn said the Free State education department also
entered the financial year with a R1.2bn shortfall.
"It would not have enough money available to improve
the province's education system and serious concerns exist about the
department's ability to meet its financial obligations," he said.
Jankielsohn urged Magashule to stop resting in a province
that had the highest unemployment rate in the country, poor road infrastructure
and municipal service delivery, and a growing dependency on government grants.
Mvambi said the premier was well within the law with the
announcement of the executive.