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free stateNews24 reports that the Free State government has instructed all government officials to abandon their posts on Wednesday to bid farewell to outgoing premier Ace Magashule and welcome the new premier Sisi Ntombela.  

An email from the director general of the premier's office, Kopung Ralikontsane, to the province's heads of departments, instructs government employees to leave work and instead attend a celebration rally in honour of Magashule, who is leaving the province to focus on his full-time post as ANC secretary general, and welcome his successor.  The event, set to take place at the Free State rugby stadium, has raised eyebrows with claims that more than R20m from state coffers will be used for catering.  The premier's spokesperson, Tiisetso Makhele, confirmed that the letter was valid and indicated:  "All staff, except those in essential services, have been given opportunities to leave earlier than normal tomorrow and Thursday.  This relates to the inauguration ceremony as well as the Easter weekend."  He added that no employee would be forced to participate in the event and no employee would be punished if they did not leave early on any of the days.  ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe confirmed that the party was aware of the government event.

  • Read this report by Tshidi Madia in full at News24

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