By Jane Sithole MPL, DA Mpumalanga Provincial Chairperson:
DA Mpumalanga is proud to announce that its Leader, James Masango MPL, took his oath this morning in the Mpumalanga Legislature to serve the people of this province. This follows the party’s elective congress which took place on the 7th of March 2015 at Ingwenyama Lodge in White River, where Masango was elected unopposed as Provincial Leader.
At its Provincial Executive Committee meeting on the 18th of April 2015, the party took a resolution guided by the “Regulations for the Nomination of candidates” to ensure that the Provincial Leader serves in the Provincial Legislature.
Mr. Masango is not new in the Mpumalanga Legislature, he served as the DA’s Chief Whip from 2011 – 2014. In his early days James worked as a teacher for two years, he then moved on to Sasol where he worked for 23 years and got into politics full time. His work experience at Sasol, through training and development, made him what he is today.
James joined the DP/DA in 1994, based on its principles and values. He started as an activist, and served in all three spheres of government (local, provincial and national). He was elected to parliament in 2004, and served as the party’s Provincial Chairperson from 2005 to March 2015 when he was elected as Provincial Leader.
Since 2006, James served on a number of National Leadership structures of the DA, including Federal Executive, Federal Council, DA Parliamentary Chairperson and until this morning, he served as DA Parliamentary Whip and a member of the Federal Legal Commission.
James has undoubtedly contributed immensely to the growth of our party, he is an objective thinker, comprehends South African politics and he is ideally placed to serve both as our Provincial Leader and Leader of the official opposition in the Mpumalanga Legislature.
The DA is extremely proud of this experienced and diverse team of leaders, and has every confidence that Mr. Masango will represent the interests of the people of Mpumalanga and play a significant role in growing the party in the 2016 Local government elections and beyond.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the party and the people of Mpumalanga for the support they have shown in this regard. Your support is not taken lightly, we will work together as we continue to fight for a better South Africa. More and more South Africans realise that, only a change in government will bring a change in their lives, with one nation, one future based on the values of freedom, fairness and opportunity for all South Africans.