By Celani Sikhakhane
The infighting in the KZN Cabinet is raising its ugly head after it emerged that Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube did not attend the cabinet reshuffle.
This forced ANC deputy chairperson and Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane Mngadi to take over the premier’s post in an acting capacity for one day to change the cabinet and appoint new MECs in the premier’s absence.
Scrolla.Africa has also been told by sources that even the new MEC for Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation, Dr Ntuthuko Mahlaba, is angry at being removed from the human settlement and public works portfolio.
“He felt demoted and embarrassed because he got the call of his removal while he was in Ulundi addressing traditional leaders about the progress on the building of the new royal palace for King Misuzulu.
“We all wonder why they are doing this instead of removing Education MEC Mbali Fraser, who brought the government into shame for a failed school feeding scheme programme,” a source said.
On Tuesday Scrolla.Africa was told that she was on an official trip to Kenya and was unable to attend the event due to delays in her travels.
Some leaders have suggested that she should just resign as premier to avoid the pain and the embarrassment she is being subjected to by the provincial leadership of her organisation.
Concerned leaders claim that even the intervention of President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC Secretary General Fikile Mbalula seem to have done nothing.
Mahlaba and Dube-Ncube were not reached for comments.
ANC provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo said they welcome the changes in the executive council of the province.
This article was updated on 21 June to correct an error made regarding Dube-Ncube’s reasoning for missing the event.
Pictured above: The embattled KZN Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube
Image source: Premier’s office