- President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Khumbudzo Ntshaveni as acting Minister in the Presidency
- This appointment comes after Jackson Mthembu passed away last week after contracting Covid-19
- In addition to this role, Ntshaveni is also the Minister of Small Business Development
President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Minister of Small Business Development Khumbudzo Ntshaveni as acting Minister in the Presidency.
This appointment comes after Minister Jackson Mthembu passed away last week after succumbing to Covid-19.
In a statement issued by the Presidency on Wednesday, it was confirmed that Ntshaveni will continue to serve in both roles:
“Minister Ntshaveni will continue to perform her responsibilities as minister of small business development while acting as minister in the presidency."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane has apologised for her maskless appearance at Jackson Mtembu's funeral.
However, the Mpumalanga branch of the Economic Freedom Fighters has opened a case against the ANC politician.
The Red Berets want the Premier to be charged with failure to wear a mask in public over the incident.
Provincial EFF leader Collen Sedibe has made it clear that the Premier's apology has been rejected:
“We have opened a case against the Premier for contravening the COVID-19 regulations and mandatory protocol because she was seen in public without wearing a mask during the funeral of Mr Jackson Mthembu in eMalahleni."
Sedibe says that the Premier's leadership position in the provincial Covid-19 council has made the situation more concerning:
"We did so because the Premier is the Chairperson of the Provincial Coronavirus Command Council and she must lead by example and convey the message to the public of Mpumalanga so that all of us comply with the laws and ensure that we curb the spread of the coronavirus.”
While the EFF is clearly unimpressed with the apology, ANC National Spokesperson Pule Mabe says that the party is encouraged by it.
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