Amid the dark cloud hanging over the ANC, North West premier Supra Mahumapelo has appointed two new MECs to fill vacancies in the provincial executive council.
His office announced on Tuesday that Chief Whip Hoffman Galeng was appointed as the MEC for Social Development, while Mmule Johanna Maluleke was appointed as the MEC for Public Works and Roads.
Mahumapelo also appointed Raymond Elisha as the new Chief Whip in the province.
North West’s former Social Development MEC Kgakgamatso Nkewu had died in a road accident in Vryburg in July 2016 while its former Public Works and Roads MEC Madoda Sambatha was dismissed in June this year.
Information from the Premier’s office says that Sambatha, who is also SA Communist Party provincial secretary was fired following allegations of the illegal sale of state land.
Meanwhile, the ANC in North West has expressed happiness with the appointments. In a statement, provincial secretary Dakota Legoete said he’s confident the new MECs would live up to expectation.
“We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate new MEC for Public Works and Roads, Cde Mmule Johanna Maluleke, and Cde Hoffman Galeng who is the new MEC for Social Development.
The ANC also welcomes and congratulates new Chief Whip of the majority party in the Bokone Bophirima [North West] Provincial Legislature, Cde Raymond Elisha,” he said.
Legoete also thanked Fenny Gaolaolwe and Cde Gaolaolwe for performing very well in the two departments while the process of filling these vacancies was underway.
Gaolaolwe was acting as Social Development MEC while Ontlametse Mochware acted in the Public Works portfolio.
The new MECs were reportedly sworn in by a Judge on Monday.
On the Vote of No Confidence, the opposition called on ANC MPs during the debate to do the right by ousting their party leader – President Zuma. DA, EFF and UDM leaders reminded them that they were elected to serve the people, to put the country and constitution first before Zuma.
Counting of Parliament members’ votes is currently going in Parliament. President Zuma will quickly step down as South Africa’s head of state if the opposition wins through the secret ballot.