North West cabinet to be reshuffled

2012-05-03 15:23

North West Premier Thandi Modise is due to reshuffle her provincial cabinet this evening. Modise confirmed the changes today after denying such a move was on the cards, following a leak of information to the media.

It is expected among ANC leaders in the province that Modise will deploy her ally, Nono Maloyi, as an MEC. Maloyi made way for ANC provincial chairperson Supra Mahumapelo in the position of speaker of the legislature last month.

It’s not yet clear which other portfolios will be affected by the reshuffle though the names of MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Patrick Chauke and Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Boitumelo Tshwene have been mentioned by ANC leaders.

Modise’s spokesperson, Lesiba Kgwele, said the reshuffle is in the best interest of the provincial government.

“Premier Modise had earlier in appealing for calm assured communities that whatever new changes that might be made within the executive council, strengthening good governance to accelerate service delivery, sustaining stability and uprooting corruption will be of paramount importance,” said Kgwele.

It is widely expected that MEC for Transport, Roads and Public Works Mahlakeng Mahlakeng will be removed from his post. Mahlakeng has been put on extended leave from October last year.

The DA’s questions about Mahlakeng’s long leave failed to elicit an explanation from Modise.

The DA’s provincial leader, Chris Hattingh, in February called on Modise to “come clean” about Mahlakeng’s long paid leave, saying the MEC was “as fit as a fiddle” to attend to his MEC duties.

After today’s announcement new MECs will be sworn in by Judge President Monica Leeuw of the North West High Court.

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