BREAKING: Refilwe Mtsweni Is A New Acting Premier Of Mpumalanga

PICTURE: Mweli Masilela

NELSPRUIT: African National Congress (ANC) deputy president David Mabuza delivered his last state of the province address (Sopa) before being appointed as the country’s deputy president on Monday night. 

It was previously thought that Ramaphosa will appoint Human Settlement Minister Lindiwe Sisulu as the deputy president and allow Mabuza to concentrate on building unity in the ANC across the country.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Refilwe Mtsweni who has acted on a number of occasion in the absence of Mabuza was sworn in as the acting premier on Tuesday. 

Last year, South African National Civic Organisation handed a memorandum to the acting premier, Mtsweni.

In the absence of Mabuza, Mtsweni said to SANCO members, “First of all I just want to thank you our people for using peaceful means of raising your concerns as opposed to violence and vandalising of property. We welcome and understand their grievances We will communicate with all the relevant departments to try and find amicable solutions to all the problems they have raised,” she said.

The residents dispersed peacefully to their transports just after the acting premier addressed them and signed the memorandum on behalf of the premier Mabuza who is off on a special leave.

Mtsweni’s appointment comes at the time where the ANC in the province is set to hold its elective conference to elect a leader to succeed Mabuza. She face a great uphill to unit the province in the absence of the leadership of Mabuza, who was known to be running the province with suppression.