The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls on Premier Makhura in Gauteng to appoint a MEC for the Department of Social Development immediately.
It has been 4 months since the passing of late MEC Nkabinde-Khawe, and till date this critical vacancy have not been filled by the Premier.
MEC Lesufi was appointed in an acting position to the Department of Social Development but have not attended a single oversight committee meeting with the Department of Social Development.
It is visibly clear, that with all the challenges in the department of Education, MEC Lesufi does not have the time nor the passion to serve two departments at the same time.
The department of Social Development is a critical department in delivering services to communities within Gauteng and ensuring the wellbeing of its residents. Its also a vital department in contributing to the alleviation of poverty.
The Department of Social Development is known for corruption and underspending and requires strong decisive political oversight.
This department can no longer be functioning on autopilot without a custodian dedicated to it.
The Democratic Alliance calls on the Premier to show that he is serious in alleviating poverty in Gauteng and appoints a MEC immediately.