DA questions legality of Mpumalanga acting premier’s appointment

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Mpumalanga is questioning the legality on the appointment of acting Premier Refilwe Mtsweni.

The party claims the process was flawed as the acting Premier was appointed by former Premier David Mabuza, who was sworn-in as the Member of Parliament (MP).

DA Chief-Whip at the provincial legislature Jane Sithole says the Speaker conceded during a sitting to have been ordered by the former premier to appoint Mtsweni as his successor.

Sithole says the party has now written to the office of the speaker, Thandi Shongwe.

“If you look at Section 141 of the Constitution, it outlines clearly how the acting Premier should be appointed, should the Premier be unable to fulfil his duties. The way the Speaker announced it, by receiving the resignation of the Premier and the Premier himself appointing the acting Premier. We question the legality of that because that section is very much clear that the executive must actual point the acting Premier,” says Sithole.