By James Masango MPL, Leader of the official opposition:
Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has again ditched his scheduled and last answer session in the Legislature tomorrow, 3 December 2015. This is an indication that the Premier is clearly still not in a position to resume his responsibilities.
The cancellation of tomorrow’s sitting came as a surprise when the Deputy Speaker yesterday in the House, indicated that the next sitting would be on Friday 4 December 2015, and not tomorrow when Mabuza’s questions are scheduled.
Recently huge festivities were held at the legislature to welcome Premier Mabuza back to his office after being out of action for almost 2 months due to ill health. During that time the Premier was unable to perform his parliamentary duties and information on his status was withheld.
The cancellation of tomorrow’s sitting is an indication that the ANC had put up a façade when the premier returned to his office, as he is still unable to carry out his mandated duties in parliament and the province as a whole.
The ANC must appoint a suitable Premier for Mpumalanga, someone that would advance the cause of the poor, someone that would ensure that service delivery is their number one priority.
Mpumalanga is one of the poorest regions with the worst record of service delivery and yet the ANC continues to undermine the rights of the people in this province, by not providing the right leadership.
Public protests in the province have reached an all-time high, and have become increasingly violent as residents continuously complain about the lack of electricity, water, poverty and general human misery.
The status quo will not change with Mabuza at the helm. He must make way for new leadership and stop undermining the people of Mpumalanga.