Pre­mier Ntombela yet to an­nounce re­place­ment Cogta MEC

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - NEWS - MICHAEL TLHAKUDI michaelt@the­

A RE­PLACE­MENT MEC for the co­op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance, tra­di­tional af­fairs and hu­man set­tle­ments de­part­ment will not be an­nounced this week as was ex­pected.

This as Pre­mier Sisi Ntombela is re­port­edly still con­sult­ing with stake­hold­ers across the prov­ince on who to ap­point.

Dur­ing her in­au­gu­ra­tion last month Ntombela said she would be an­nounc­ing a new MEC, al­lud­ing to a pos­si­ble reshuf­fle in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture.

Govern­ment spokesper­son Ti­isetso Makhele yes­ter­day said Ntombela had not made any de­ci­sion but was con­sult­ing dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers in the pro­vin­cial govern­ment and is set to make her de­ci­sion soon.

Makhele said the pre­mier would make pro­nounce­ments re­gard­ing her cab­i­net reshuf­fle at the right time and place and her of­fice would then en­gage with the me­dia.

“The pre­mier is busy en­gag­ing var­i­ous stake­hold­ers about the pos­si­ble reshuf­fle and will make the de­ci­sion in the next few days. We will let you know once she has made a de­ci­sion,” Makhele said.

He said ed­u­ca­tion MEC Tate Mak­goe had been tasked with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of tabling the Cogta bud­get vote next Tues­day.

“If the pre­mier has not ap­pointed the new MEC for Cogta be­fore the bud­get speech, MEC Mak­goe will then present the bud­get vote,” he said.

Ntombela ear­lier con­firmed she is go­ing to reshuf­fle her cab­i­net but did not say when Free State res­i­dents could ex­pect an an­nounce­ment.

The leg­is­la­ture should have 22 mem­bers but there are at the mo­ment only 21.

A week ago Wil­liam Bul­wane was sworn in as a mem­ber of the leg­is­la­ture.

MECs from the var­i­ous pro­vin­cial depart­ments will ta­ble their bud­get votes from to­mor­row.

The co­op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance, tra­di­tional af­fairs and hu­man set­tle­ments de­part­ment was left va­cant last month when Ntombela was elected pre­mier by the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture.

Ntombela will present her maiden bud­get vote as Pre­mier on April 26 in Thaba Nchu.


AS­SESS­ING: Pre­mier Sisi Ntombela is in con­sul­ta­tion.

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