DA shuffles errant spokespeople

2013-11-09 15:18

Heads have rolled in the DA over the Employment Equity Bill saga.

The two DA MPs who voted for the bill have been moved out of their positions.

DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko has announced that labour spokesperson Sej Motau will be moved to economic development, while the spokesperson there, Kenneth Mubu, will take his position in labour.

Their deputies, Andricus van der Westhuizen (up to now in labour) and Haniff Hoosen (economic development), have also swapped positions.

This mini-reshuffle was done with immediate effect.

“We would like to wish our colleagues well in their new positions,” Mazibuko said in a statement this afternoon.

The reshuffle followed a heated caucus meeting on Thursday where the two spokespeople were blamed for supporting the Employment Equity Bill in the National Assembly despite the party having taken a stand against race-based quotas.

The DA has resolved to oppose the bill when it goes to the National Council of Provinces.

DA leader Helen Zille has this week taken responsibility for what she called a “plane crash”.

Read: Helen Zille: We dropped the ball on equity bill

It caused a furore among DA supporters, with former leader Tony Leon saying this apparent race-based approach to empowerment put the party at a “crossroads”.

The reshuffle was Mazibuko’s second since becoming parliamentary leader two years ago.

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