Limpopo cabinet: Who's who

2013-07-21 14:00

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Limpopo’s new premier, Stanley Mathabatha, left blood on the floor of the province’s legislature when he axed eight MECs close to his predecessor, Cassel Mathale.

Those who survived the chop were Dickson Masemola and Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, allies of President Jacob Zuma. They actively campaigned for Zuma ahead of the ANC’s Mangaung elective conference in December. City Press looks at the new provincial cabinet:

Dikeledi Magadzi

Education

Magadzi is not only a veteran ANC member, but sits on the party’s national executive committee (NEC) and has been a public servant since 1994. Last year, she was health MEC, but Mathale replaced her with Dr Norman Mabasa.

Dickson Masemola

Public Works

Masemola was the province’s deputy chairperson before Luthuli House disbanded the party’s provincial executive committee in March. Masemola, who comes from Sekhukhune, one of the ANC’s biggest provincial regions, commands respect within the party’s provincial structures.

Lehlogonolo Masoga

Roads and Transport

Masoga is a former chairperson of the Limpopo ANC Youth League, which expelled him in 2010 when the league’s NEC found him guilty of “grave and serious” offences. He then aligned himself with President Jacob Zuma’s faction ahead of the Mangaung conference in December.

Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba

Health

Letsatsi-Duba became a member of the Limpopo legislature in 2009. Mathale first appointed her MEC of agriculture and last March moved her to sport, arts and culture. She survived Mathabatha’s axe.

Rudolph Phala

Treasury

Phala, a lawyer, was the legislature’s speaker before his appointment as MEC. The former chairperson of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts is known for his no-nonsense stance towards corruption.

Ishmael Kgetsepe

Local government

Kgetsepe describes himself as a member of the ANC “through and through”. The trade unionist, who is also Sekhukhune’s regional task team convenor, joined the legislature in 2009. Before that, he was the municipal manager of the Sekhukhune District Municipality. He has also served as the ANC’s Limpopo spokesperson.

Joyce Mashamba

Cooperative Governance

Amember of the SA Communist Party’s central committee, Mashamba has served as MEC in different capacities since 1994. She is the wife of another long-time politician, George Mashamba, a member of the Limpopo legislature.

Charlie Sekoati

Economic Development

Sekoati is a wealthy businessman and politician whose property business has received Limpopo government tenders. During the previous political term, he served as MEC for health. He is a former chairperson of the Limpopo Youth Commission.

Rosiina Semenya

Agriculture

Semenya has held various senior positions in the Limpopo ANC Women’s League. She has also served as MEC in different capacities, including local government and Public Works, and is a member of the ANC’s national executive committee.

Sport, Arts and Culture

An outspoken unionist who served trade union Cosatu and Nehawu in different capacities in the province, Ramadwa is a former deputy speaker of the provincial legislature and a member of the provincial task team.

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