The news of William Bulwane’s swearing-in ceremony broke Wednesday night on social media as Speaker of the Legislature, Mamikie Qabathe, took to her Facebook page to congratulate him.
This has sparked rumours amongst ANC members that Bulwane is tipped to be the newly appointed Free State Premier’s successor as Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC. ANC Chief Whip in the legislature, Neels van Rooyen, says it could be Bulwane or anyone else in the current Provincial Executive Committee or in the Legislature.
Meanwhile, the DA MPL, Roy Jankielsohn, said that it would be a pity if Bulwane is Ntombela’s choice, as he has no experience in serving in government. He says this could be disastrous as municipalities across the province are facing a service delivery crisis.
Bulwane was once a Speaker of Metsimaholo Local Municipality. He serves in the ANC Free State as the Coordinator of the ANC Provincial Task Team (PTT). In her Facebook post, Qabathe congratulated Bulwane and said she believes he will add value to the legislature. It remains yet to be seen whether he will now serve at a higher structure, as rumours suggest.