Vusi Shongwe

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Vusi Shongwe
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Born (1958-04-22) April 22, 1958 (age 65)
NationalitySouth African
CitizenshipSouth Africa
Known forServed as acting Premier of Mpumalanga between August and November 2015

Vusumuzi Robert Shongwe (born 22 April 1958), known as Vusi Shongwe is a South African politician who served as acting Premier of Mpumalanga between August and November 2015 [1] while then Premier and now deputy president David Mabuza was being treated for an alleged food poisoning.[2] [3] He is a member of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature for the African National Congress (ANC).

He was the MEC for the Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison when Mabuza handpicked him to stand in his position while he was off sick [4]

Shongwe is currently serving as the Mpumalanga MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs, a position he assumed after the 3 August 2016 local government elections when Mabuza reshuffled his cabinet and moved him from the security cluster to be the new agricultural MEC. [5]

As an MEC of Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Shongwe was the political head of the provincial security apparatus.

In December 2015, Shongwe was elected the provincial treasurer of the ANC in the Mpumalanga province during an elective congress that elected Mabuza for a third term as ANC provincial chairperson. [6] . Before this Shongwe had served as regional chairperson of the Gert Sibande ANC. [7]

Shongwe was widely praised while MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison for his commitments in working closely with the police and lead to the front in the fight against crime. [8]

In February 2020, Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane assigned Shongwe to meet Russia's Sverdlovsk region minister of international and foreign economic affairs, Visiliy Kozlov, for bi-lateral talks.

He is Mtsweni-Tsipane's second-in-charge, being the leader of government business in Mpumalanga. [9]


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