- The ANC's Sisi Ntombela is on her way out as premier of the troubled Free State province
- Ntombela's resignation comes after the ruling party recalled her from the top provincial position
- ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula said that the ruling party wants the transition of leadership in the province to be as drama-free as possible
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BLOEMFONTEIN - Embattled Sisi Ntombela has tendered her resignation as premier of the Free State.
This comes after the ANC in the province recalled Ntombela earlier in February.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe expressed concern over the calibre of provincial and municipal government leadership.
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Ntombela's resignation is the latest in a string of blows for the outgoing premier. Last month, the embattled politician lost out on the Free State ANC chairpersonship to Cooperative Governance MEC Mxolisi Dukwana.
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Dukwana, his deputy, Ketso Makume, and ANC provincial deputy secretary Dubolelo Mahlatsi have been nominated to take over the reins from Ntombela, SABC News reported.
Mangaung Mayor Mxolisi Siyonzana also expected to be axed
The outgoing Free State premier isn't the only person's head on the chopping block. The ruling party is expected to give Mangaung Mayor Mxolisi Siyonzana the boot after he was recalled from the position in August 2022.
The ANC seems to be staking up the administration in a municipality that has been crippled by allegations of maladministration, mismanagement of funds, corruption and service delivery, EWN reported.
Speaking on the change in leadership in the troubled province, party Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula had this to say:
"We want a smooth process of transition. We don’t want drama because it’s unnecessary."
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South Africans are pleased Sisi Ntombela will no longer be Free State premier
South Africans welcomed Ntombela's resignation, reducing her tenure in office to nothing but wasted years.
Here is what people had to say:
"She was useless anyways. All she did was attend funerals with her spokesperson forever taking photos of their outfits."
"I for one really questioned her appointment in the first place, honestly, any leadership quality is not there. But go rest well, Mama."
"Long overdue. What a wasted tenure and years of our lives, she’s been clueless ngl."
Bloza Mositsa celebrated:
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The president ceremoniously raised his glass to the DP and let out a simple but effective "Cheers, DP," as the crowd applauded.
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Source: Briefly News