Premier Ntombela yet to announce replacement Cogta MEC
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.