Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has sacked two MECs and appointed four others in a cabinet reshuffle aimed at “strengthening the capacities” of the local government structures.
Mabuza announced the reshuffle at a media briefing in Mbombela on Wednesday, saying it was necessary to look at different ways of enhancing the quality of service delivery to the people.
He axed human settlements MEC Violet Siwela and her counterpart for agriculture, rural development, land and environmental affairs, Andries Gamede.
“It is my prerogative to put members of the executive to run the departments on my behalf,” said Mabuza.
“Equally so, I also have a right to reorganise the executive council. Obviously when arranging the executive, one assesses the strengths of the members and places them where we believe [they] will make a positive impact.”
The premier moved MEC for community safety, security and liaison Vusi Shongwe and appointed him as MEC for agriculture, rural development, land and environmental affairs. He replaced Siwela with former Nkangala District Municipality mayor Speedy Mashilo.
Former Albert Luthuli local municipality mayor Busi Shiba was appointed MEC for social development, while former ANC Youth League provincial secretary Sasekani Manzini got the nod to become MEC for public works, roads and transport.
Shiba and Manzini filled the voids left by Nomsa Mtsweni and Dumisile Nhlengethwa, who were redeployed by the ANC to become mayor of Thembisile Hani Local Municipality and speaker of Msukaligwa Local Municipality, respectively, shortly after the August 3 elections.
Member of the provincial legislature Petrus Ngomana was appointed MEC for community safety, security and liaison.
The Mpumalanga government was committed to continue serving the people and would ensure the level of service delivery was accelerated, said Mabuza.
He said leaders who were redeployed to the local government level would “ensure that people were served”.
“The local government elections have come and gone, but as the ruling party [ANC], we have heard what people are saying. They still believe in us and they do want us to continue running the government on their behalf,” said Mabuza.
ANC provincial secretary Mandla Ndlovu toldAfrican News Agency last week that Mabuza was advised by the ruling party to reshuffle his cabinet in order to bolster capacity at local government level.
– African News Agency (ANA)