Mabuza could reshuffle executive

2012-05-23 11:33

Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza could reshuffle his cabinet after a special ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting that starts this Sunday.

Provincial ANC secretary Lucky Ndinisa said a reshuffle could not be ruled out after the lekgotla, which would focus on assessing the performance of government.

The meeting ends on Tuesday.

“After a holistic assessment of government’s performance, we’ll then make a determination whether we’re reshuffling or not. Obviously, we can’t rule out that we may reshuffle,” Ndinisa said.

He said the lekgotla was part of the ANC’s continuous monitoring and evaluation of government performance.

Rumours of a reshuffle have been spreading after the ANC provincial conference last month in which Mabuza retained his position as provincial ANC chairperson amid claims that his camp bent procedures to avoid taking the elections to a ballot.

All serving MECs in Mabuza’s cabinet did not make it to the party’s top five positions and only two – safety and security MEC Vusi Shongwe and his education counterpart, Reginah Mhaule, were elected into the PEC.

Shongwe is also the party’s chairperson in Gert Sibande region, and is Mabuza’s strongest ally. He is likely to be retained.

Newly elected deputy chairperson David Dube is likely to be given an MEC position. Dube is the deputy director-general of the human settlements department and he is also an ally of Mabuza.

Health MEC Clifford Mkasi, who withdrew from challenging Mabuza for the chairpersonship, is likely to be chopped.

The reshuffle may also be implemented in municipalities. The mayor of Gert Sibande District, Kgotso Motloung, is likely to be finally sacked following unprocedural attempts by the region to recall him. The responsibility of sacking and deploying mayors rests with the PEC.

Motloung is ANCYL’s provincial secretary and the youth wing had pronounced that they wanted Mabuza to step down as both chairperson and premier.

The ANCYL favoured Mkasi as chairperson and Nkangala municipal manager Charles Makola as his deputy.

Makola was elected Mabuza’s deputy in 2008, but they had a fallout. Makola also withdrew from challenging Mabuza after complaining about the sudden alteration of procedures at the conference venue.

He had qualified to stand after branch nomination processes, but the Mabuza camp demanded that candidates should be nominated from the floor, which was not acceptable to the anti-Mabuza group.

Makola’s position as municipal manager is also in the balance after he was suspended three months ago following allegations that he had irregularly spent R12 million.

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