Ace Magashule (Picture: GCIS)
Bloemfontein - The time to serve the people of the Free
State has come, newly re-elected Premier Ace Magashule
said on Wednesday.
"The time is now to share the wealth of South
Africa," Magashule told the newly-inaugurated members of the Free State
legislature in Bloemfontein.
"It's now the time to serve the Free State people,
white and black."
In a short acceptance speech, Magashule said economic
freedom would happen "in our lifetime". There were cheers and
applause from the public gallery.
He told the members they were the real fighters for
DA leader in the legislature Roy Jankielsohn reminded
those legislature members who would form the provincial executive that they remained
accountable to the House.
The Economic Freedom Fighters' Mandisa Makesini urged
Magashule and other leaders to "man up" and be honest with the people
of the Free State.
She said Magashule should put the needs of the province's
people and quality service delivery first.
Makesini said they would work closely with government to
deliver on its promises and would not be quiet until all citizens had economic
Freedom Front Plus member Wouter Wessels told Magashule
his new term was a chance for redemption to address the Free State's problems.