DA’s Athol Trollip gets Mazibuko’s old portfolio

2012-02-01 11:11

Former DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip, who is now an ordinary backbencher, has been given a new role as the DA’s “shadow minister” for rural development and land reform.

This is the same portfolio held by Lindiwe Mazibuko, before Trollip was ousted by her as parliamentary leader in the DA’s mid-term caucus elections last year.

Mazibuko announced an almost complete shake-up of her “shadow cabinet” in Parliament this morning.

In a press statement on the changes, Mazibuko said she wanted the “shadow cabinet” to be “suitably diverse” and have an appropriate “generational mix”. She said her decisions came after “a far-reaching and thorough process of consultation”.

Mazibuko promised that the party would work towards “a form of constituency representation that will strengthen the link between MPs and their constituents”. She said this was because the DA “has always believed in a proportional electoral system that includes a form of direct constituency representation”.

Mazibuko has indicated that a long-term DA campaign for changes to the electoral system was on the cards. The party believes that the current system encourages MPs to be loyal to their parties, rather than the voters.

Only six DA MPs retained their old portfolios, while the MPs from the ID, which joined the DA’s caucus in August 2010, were also given DA portfolios.

Other moves include:
» Junita Kloppers-Lourens from higher education and training to science and technology;
» Manny de Freitas from transport deputy to home affairs;
» Ian Ollis from labour to transport;
» Anette Lovemore from home affairs to basic education;
» Patricia Kopane from social development to health;
» Mike Waters from health to social development;
» Stevens Mokgalapa from international relations deputy to human settlements;
» Winston Rabotapi from public works to sports and recreation;
» Geordin Hill-Lewis from public service and administration to trade and industry deputy;
» Wilmot James from higher education and training to trade and industry;
» Lennit Max from correctional services deputy to state security;
» Niekie van den Berg from communications deputy to arts and culture;
» Annelie Lotriet from arts and culture to higher education;
» Annette Steyn from rural development and land reform deputy to agriculture, forestry and fisheries;
» Marian Shinn from science and technology to communications;
» Tim Harris from trade and industry to finance;
» Sej Motau from energy to labour;
» James Lorimer from cooperative governance to mineral resources;
» Natasha Michael from communications to public enterprises;
» Anchen Dreyer from select committee on public accounts to public works;
» Stuart Farrow from transport to tourism;
» Helen Lamoela from social development deputy to women, children and people with disabilities;
» Ian Davidson, former DA chief whip, moves from no portfolio to international affairs;

Only six DA MPs retained their old portfolios. These are:
» Dene Smuts (justice and constitutional development);
» James Selfe (correctional services);
» Dianne Kolher-Barnard (police);
» David Maynier (defence);
» Marius Swart (appropriations committee);
» Gareth Morgan (water and environmental affairs)

Three ID MPs were given portfolios for the first time:
» Joe McGluwa, ID parliamentary caucus leader (presidency)
» Haniff Hoosen (economic development)
» Lance Greyling (energy)

The incorporation of the ID members “gives effect to the memorandum of understanding between the ID and the DA”, Mazibuko said.

The parties are in the process of merging and the ID will cease to exist by 2014.

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