Premier's office rejects claims that he is dodging work

2015-12-03 14:37
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Mpumalanga - The office of Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has rejected claims that the province's number one citizen is not doing his work.

Mabuza returned to work on November 17 following two months of sick leave.

The Democratic Alliance on Wednesday issued a statement questioning Mabuza's fitness following the cancellation of a question and answer session in the legislature.

"Huge festivities were held at the legislature to welcome Premier Mabuza back to his office after being out of action for almost two months due to ill health...

"The cancellation of tomorrow’s sitting is an indication that the ANC had put up a façade when the premier returned to his office, as he is still unable to carry out his mandated duties in Parliament and the province as a whole," said DA leader in the provincial legislature, James Masango.

Masango called for a new premier to replace Mabuza.

"The ANC must appoint a suitable premier for Mpumalanga, someone that would advance the cause of the poor, someone that would ensure that service delivery is their number one priority," he said.

Change the status quo

"The status quo will not change with Mabuza at the helm. He must make way for new leadership and stop undermining the people of Mpumalanga," said Masango.

On Thursday, Mabuza's spokesperson, Zibonele Mncwango, dismissed the DA's claims, calling it political point scoring.

"The honourable premier is back at work and is attending to all his executive responsibilities. We do not know what the opposition is talking about, unless they are suggesting that [Mabuza] should report to them each time he is in the office or each time he is executing his duties within communities, but that will never ever happen," said Mncwango.

"Today he was chairing the executive council meeting at the Nelspruit Government Complex. The honourable premier was publicly welcomed by some of the citizens of this province when he returned back to office after the sick leave.

"On the very same day, he chaired a special Cabinet meeting. The opposition needs to understand that [Mabuza’s] work does not necessary dictate that he should always be on public platforms," said Mncwango.

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