Collen Maine resigns as MEC

2015-11-03 16:02
ANC Youth League president Collen Maine (Amanda Khoza, News24)

ANC Youth League president Collen Maine (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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In what could be seen as a move to deal with wide criticism on his leadership abilities and qualities, recently elected ANC Youth League president Collen Maine has resigned from his MEC position.

This followed reports that he would not give up his more than R1 million annual salary and the perks that came with it.

Maine’s resignation as MEC for local government and human settlements in the North West could also be seen as a decision taken – or advice heeded – to enable him to allow him to dedicate his time to the youth league.

Since his unopposed election in September as the first youth league president since Julius Malema, Maine has been widely criticised.

Some detractors have called his character weak while others expressed doubts on his abilities to lead and rebuild the fractured youth structure.

This saw pressure mounting on him to give up his government position but the league came out in his defence.

The league had initially said that the position of its president would be made part-time to allow Maine to maintain dual services to the league and the provincial government.

Maine confirmed his resignation but did not want to reveal his reasons when contacted by City Press.

“Despite the decision by the ANC youth league national executive committee I have decided to resign. The reasons for my resignations were provided to the premier [and] the handover to the acting premier has been completed,” Maine said.

His resignation was announced this morning by North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo during a press briefing in Mahikeng.

He told the media that Maine has resigned “following his election as the president of the ANC Youth League and that his letter of voluntary exit from the government system has been accepted”.

A replacement for Maine was also announced in MEC Wendy Nelson “who is responsible for the department of finance, economy and enterprise development”. 

Nelson would act as the MEC for local government and human settlements until further notice Mahumapelo said.
He emphasised that “this development does not imply that a cabinet reshuffle is on the cards”.
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