Mpumalanga appoints acting Premier

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Mpumalanga executive council has appointed Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Refilwe Mtsweni as the acting Premier of the provincial government.

The acting Premier was appointed on Tuesday afternoon following the swearing in of former Premier David Mabuza as the Deputy President.

“Since Premier Mabuza was still competent to exercise the authority of the Premier, he appointed MEC Mtsweni as the acting Premier, who was subsequently sworn in as the acting Premier by the Judge President of the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court, Francis Legodi, at the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court,” the Mpumalanga Provincial Government said in a statement.

When Mabuza was sworn in as the Deputy President, a vacancy of the Premier occurred in the province, necessitating an election of the acting Premier.

Wednesday’s special sitting of the executive council decided to elect an acting Premier, pending the preparations for the election of the Premier, as determined by section 128 and 131 of the Constitution.

“Acting Premier Mtsweni accepted the appointment and committed her support to work with the members of the executive and to act in accordance with the code of ethics prescribed by the Constitution and the national legislation,” the Mpumalanga Provincial Government said. – SAnews.gov.za

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