The deployment of a new MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) in the Free State has not been decided on.
This follows after former Cogta MEC, Olly Mlamleli, has been elected as the new mayor for the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality as a result of the 2016 Municipal Elections.
The Free State Provincial Government’s spokesperson, Setjhaba Maphalla, indicates that Mlamleli is still an MEC and no reshuffling has been announced in the provincial executive council.
According to Maphalla, municipalities have been given 14 days to form councils, and afterwards further clarity will be announced. He further clarifies that government isn’t involved in the deployment or redeployment of councillors of any municipality.
Meanwhile ANC spokesperson, Thabo Meeko, says the process of finalising all mayors in the province will be done by next Monday.
“We must constitute governance by the guidelines that are provided by the IEC. As soon as that process has been completed, the ANC will look into the deployment and redeployment. We will then begin dealing with all the implications. Our anticipation is that as soon as all those processes are completed in constituting governance or government in all the municipalities the ANC has won – including the Metsimaholo municipality where coalition talks have been pursued – then the issue of the executive will be considered.”