Youth League leaders can't tell me what to do - Mpumalanga premier

2016-03-01 14:45
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David Mabuza (GCIS)

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Mbombela - Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza says he will not entertain the African National Congress Youth League's (ANCYL) calls for him to remove seven MECs they deem to be useless.

For the first time since his return from sick leave late last year, Mabuza responded to media questions about the controversy surrounding politicians that the league has problems with.

"They are not talking to me, but they are talking to themselves... I do not know who those MECs are. They have not even taken me into their confidence about those MECs and in their way they want to me to reshuffle cabinet. I heard that message, but I am not entertaining them... It is my prerogative but I am not going to listen to everyone telling me what to do," said Mabuza, during a post State of the Province Address press briefing in Mbombela on Monday.

Mabuza said he was aware of his MECs' weaknesses, but he also knew their strengths.

"I know their capabilities and their short comings. We fight in this boardroom and so I am not going to listen to outside people about cabinet reshuffle.

"I know that you are gossiping outside. I know that you have private conversations in the street corners and I am being pressurised to do certain things that are not really necessary. I am not going to do anything that is not necessary," said Mabuza.

The media questions were based on ANCYL deputy president Desmond Moela's statements that a number of MECs in Mpumalanga were "useless looters".

"Our honourable premier must do reshuffling. Out of the nine MECs, about seven of them must fall because they are useless. Actually, they are excited about blue lights and so on, so we can’t accept that.

"We are going to make sure that if they do not fall... we are going to say 'Premier, take this one to that department, because this one has looted more in this department, he has taken everything, now take this one to that department' and so on," Moela told the media last month.

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