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Mpumalanga premier gives four MECs the boot

2016-08-19 13:55
ANC rally. (News24)

Mbombela - Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza has axed two more members of the executive council, bringing to four the number of MECs who have lost their jobs within a week.

“It’s not a nice job, I can tell you. You will sleep less, less, and less,” he warned the new MECs on Wednesday.

He axed agriculture, rural development, land and environmental affairs MEC Andries Gamede and human settlements MEC Violet Siwela.

Community safety, security and liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe will replace Gamede. Provincial legislature member (MPL) Speed Mashilo will replace Siwela.

The ANC last week announced the removal of two MECs: Public works MEC Dumisile Nhlengethwa and social development MEC Nomsa Mtshweni.

Mabuza appointed MPL Pat Ngomana as community safety, security and liaison MEC.

He said the ruling party had performed an assessment which necessitated the changes.

“It was not a once-off exercise. It was a process that took almost six months in and out of meetings assessing our work, and finally we have come to the conclusion that we must reconfigure ourselves to respond to the situation,” he said.

African National Congress Youth League provincial chairperson Time Mashele welcomed the fact that some of the new members were league members.

The ANC won 70.7% of the vote in the province in the August 3 local government elections, down from 78% in 2011, followed by the Democratic Alliance with 12.9% (13.7% in 2011) and the Economic Freedom Fighters with 9.3%.

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