Look west for leadership, Mr President

2011-07-09 09:41

Looks matter, especially if one takes a closer look at President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet. It reflects one factual matter that raises the eyebrows of many in North West.

That matter is the Presidency’s lack of interest in appointing more leaders from the province for Cabinet posts. Currently, the platinum province has only one representative, Edna Molewa, the minister of water and ­environmental ­affairs.

This condition is simply not fair in terms of looking for diverse leadership across the country. The press has been flooded with ­rumours that the Gauteng ANC has been solid in its effort to ensure that the former mayor of Joburg, Amos Masondo, be poached for the controversial minister of ­cooperative governance and traditional affairs ­(Sicelo Shiceka’s) position.

The KwaZulu-Natal ANC has also proposed names for likely candidates.

But where is the North West ANC? This province has ­performed well. In fact, it performed better than the Gauteng ANC during the local elections and that alone deserves recognition from the Presidency when it comes to choosing who to replace the local government minister.

There are a number of quality and capable leaders that have ­upgraded from being provincial leaders to being national leaders.

In my opinion, reputable leaders such as the former North West MEC for economic development and tourism, Darkey ­Africa; the current chairperson of the North West ANC, Supra ­Mahumapelo; the former mayor of Matlosana, China Dodovu; and the current MEC of agriculture and rural ­development, Boitumelo Tshwene; are capable of filling the post.

These individuals have what it takes to implement the ­turnaround strategy nationally and further service delivery ­objectives in all spheres of ­government.

Mr President, when you are in the Union Buildings contemplating who to appoint in place of Shiceka, please look west to where the national thinkers and leaders are.

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