Two more members of the Mpumalanga Executive Council have been fired by premier David Mabuza during a cabinet reshuffle.
The MECs who were relieved of their duty are agriculture, rural development, land and environmental affairs MEC Andries Gamede and human settlements MEC Violet Siwela.
Community safety, security and liaison MEC Vusimusi Shongwe was appointed to take over from Gamede while Provincial legislature member (MPL) Speed Mashilo was appointed to take over from Siwela.
The dismissal of the MECs is coming just a few days after the premier axed Public works MEC Dumisile Nhlengethwa and social development MEC Nomsa Mtshweni.
Following their dismissal, Sasekani Manzini was appointed to replace Nhlengethwa; Busi Shiba was appointed to take over from Mtshweni. In addition, the premier also appointed MPL Petrus Ngomana as community safety, security and liaison MEC.
Disclosing why the ANC effected the change, Mabuza said the change was necessitated after the ruling party had carried out an extensive assessment.
“As the Premier, I am constitutionally and personally responsible for all the departments. It is my prerogative to put members of the executive to run the departments on my behalf. Equally so, I also have a right to reorganize the executive council.
It was not a once-off exercise. It was a process that took almost six months in and out of meetings assessing our work, and finally, we have come to the conclusion that we must reconfigure ourselves to respond to the situation,” he said.
Premier David Mabuza also promised to accelerate the level of service delivery with the help of newly deployed MECs. He reminded them that they are coming on board at a difficult time when people out there are expecting a lot from them.
The ANC won 70.7% of the vote in Mpumalanga province in the just concluded municipal election. The Democratic Alliance trailed behind with 12.9% (13.7% in 2011) while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) followed with 9.3%.
Last week, Mabuza’s name has been punted by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) as a potential contender for the ANC’s deputy presidency.