- As chairman Mohale is appointed MEC
The ANC Youth League in the Free State has lauded the appointment of its provincial chairman, Makalo Mohale, as MEC for small business, economic development and tourism and environmental affairs (Destea).
The league had earlier on indicated it would be appeased if Premier Sisi Ntombela’s executive showed sound youth representation to champion the interests of young people in the province.
It was therefore no surprise when it was all jubilation in the ranks of the youth league after Ntombela announced Mohale as one of the Free State’s 10 MECs on Tuesday.
Social media was also set abuzz with compliments from across the province, with young people voicing their renewed sense of hope for a more focused approach on their own empowerment.
ANC Youth League provincial secretary Reagan Booysen said they were humbled by the recognition given to the structure by the Premier.
“This reconfirms that the ANC Youth League remains a political training ground of the ruling party. In our view, issues of young people will take centre stage given the historical roles played by the different generations of youth league leaders in our body politic as a province,” noted Booysen.
He added Mohale’s appointment to head Destea was crucial and a step in the right direction in the province’s youth empowerment drive.
“This is a very important department charged with the responsibility of leading a radical programme of economic emancipation,” pointed out Booysen.
He said the league is of the firm belief that Mohale is best placed to drive this strategic centre of economic development in the province forward.
The chairman would be directed and inspired by the youth league’s demand for economic freedom in this lifetime.
“We have no doubt that he will do extremely well given his passion, knowledge and commitment to this generational mission which we have set for ourselves,” said. Booysen
He however acknowledged the difficult tasks ahead and pledged the league’s support in working with one of their own.
On the overall composition of the provincial cabinet, Booysen said it is a result of extensive internal party talks, adding the new administration is best placed to fully implement the ANC election manifesto commitments.
“We are humbled by the recognition of various generations of the ANC Youth League as reflected in Premier’s Ntombela’s choice of MECs,” he added.
A lawyer by profession, Mohale is no stranger to the world of governance, having headed the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs in the province as chief director.
He has also been director for the provincial department of police, roads and transport, and also served briefly as manager at the Ngwathe Local Municipality.
The new MEC was also a public participation officer for the provincial legislature from 2004-2007.