By James Masango MPL, Leader of the official opposition:
While ANC President Jacob Zuma is in Mpumalanga today trying to sort out his party’s squabbles between its members, he must take this opportunity to identify and appoint a new Premier for the province.
According to reports Zuma is in the province today to deliver the keynote address during a provincial ANC gala dinner ahead of its upcoming provincial leadership elective conference.
The current out of sight Premier David Mabuza, is clearly unable to execute his mandated duties in parliament and the province. This comes after the Premier again cancelled his scheduled and last answer session in the Legislature yesterday, 3 December 2015.
Prior to this Mabuza was unable to perform his duties due to ill health for almost 2 months. The province cannot continue with an absent Premier.
This province needs leadership that will advance the cause of the poor, someone that would ensure that service delivery is their number one priority. President Zuma must stop putting his interests first, and that of the ANC.
The ANC government needs to be replaced with a DA government. A government that will always put South Africa first, a government that will deliver services and create jobs. A DA government that will build a society based on freedom, fairness and opportunity for all.
It is time for change, people must use their power and vote for new public representatives to represent them in council next year.
Under a DA government we will ensure that we listen to the people and that we put their interests first.