North West ANC chairperson sworn in as Speaker

2012-04-03 14:58

Chairperson of the ANC in the North West Supra Mahumapelo was sworn in as Speaker of the provincial legislature, lending weight to speculation that Premier Thandi Modise will soon reshuffle her Cabinet.

Mahumapelo gets this job after a long-drawn battle within the ANC’s provincial executive committee (PEC) about whether to deploy him in the provincial cabinet or legislature.

The North West ANC PEC is divided between supporters of Mahumapelo and those of his provincial secretary Kabelo Mataboge.

Disagreements between the two camps were allegedly behind the delay to make deployments to the legislature and cabinet following the election of the new ANC leadership more than a year ago.

Mahumapelo and his deputy China Dodovu were eventually sworn in as members of the legislature.

Modise said talk of a cabinet reshuffle is “mischievous” and aimed at “exaggerating and blowing out of proportion interventions aimed at strengthening accountability within the governance structures of the North West Provincial Legislature”.

But Modise’s denial of a reshuffle was open-ended.

“Whatever interventions that might be considered within the Executive Council at some stage, sustaining stability and uprooting corruption will be of paramount importance,” said Modise in a statement.

Talk of a North West cabinet reshuffle began as soon as Modise took office in December 2010.

They have however gained momentum recently after Modise put MEC for Public Works, Roads and Transport Mahlakeng Mahlakeng on an extended sick leave despite doctors clearing him for work in October last year.

Mahlakeng remains on extended, paid leave five months later.

She said extensive consultation within the ruling party had preceded Mahumapelo’s deployment as the new Speaker.

It’s not clear yet where former Speaker Nono Maloyi is being moved to.

ANC provincial spokesperson Kenny Morolong said the party believes Mahumapelo is the right man for the job.

“We have no doubt that given his experience and qualities the provincial chairperson will add value to this position, the legislature and the entire provincial government”.

Morolong thanked outgoing Speaker Maloyi for his contribution in the position he has held since 2009.

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