DA bemoans possible axing

2010-11-08 11:30

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Mpumalanga has expressed its disappointment with the likelihood that Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) chairperson Fish Mahlalela might be removed from his position.

Premier David Mabuza reshuffled his cabinet last week, leaving the position of ANC chief whip and chairperson of chairpersons in the legislature – that were held by Siphosezwe Masango and Candith Mashego-Dlamini respectively – vacant.

Masango is now MEC for human settlement while Mashego-Dlamini has taken over the agriculture, land reform and land administration portfolio.

Mahlalela is likely to be redeployed as chairperson of chairpersons in the legislature.

DA provincial leader Anthony Benadie said today that a legislature meeting scheduled for Wednesday has, on its agenda, the election of a new Scopa chairperson.

“Scopa is set to be left toothless. It is common cause that the cabinet reshuffle could lead to a reshuffle of portfolio committee chairpersons, however, the decision to axe Mahlalela from Scopa is ill considered and will be a serious set-back to the committee,” said Benadie.

“Despite the DA’s initial misgivings of Mahlalela’s chairmanship of SCOPA, he has over the past eighteen months proven himself to be a no nonsense, objective and hard-hitting chairperson, unafraid of asking the difficult questions, exposing malpractice, dishonesty and questionable activities,” he added.

Mahlalela’s likely replacement is Nomsa Mtshweni whom Benadie said was not going to match Mahlalela’s no-nonsense attitude.

The ANCYL has been calling for Mahlalela’s axing from Scopa, accusing him of having an agenda against the Mabuza’s government.

“The DA perceives the axing of Mahlalela as just another tactic by Premier Mabuza to dismantle and remove all obstacles and forms of accountability and oversight from Mpumalanga’s system of governance. This move could lead to the further covering up of corrupt practice and is nothing more than a Political ploy to silence opponents of the Premier,” Benadie said.

Provincial ANC spokesperson Paul Mbenyane said: “The ANC provincial executive committee is sitting right now, and I will comment after they have discussed this statement.”

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