Limpopo’s Dickson Masemola runs out of lives

2014-05-21 13:36

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Withdrawing from the contest for ANC chairperson at the last minute did not secure former Limpopo MEC Dickson Masemola a place in re-elected premier Stan Mathabatha’s provincial Cabinet.

Despite having been at the helm of the education department when the highly publicised and damning textbook scandal emerged, Masemola survived the axe when Mathabatha came in 10 months ago and fired eight MECs.

Only Masemola and Dikeledi Magadzi, who is now in Parliament, were saved by Mathabatha when he took over from Cassel Mathale.

Masemola is believed to have been saved then because he had jumped ship – from Mathale’s anti-Zuma team, which had lobbied for Kgalema Motlanthe ahead of the ANC’s Mangaung conference in 2012.

Masemola seems to have committed political suicide, however, when he decided to take on Mathabatha for the ANC leadership position despite the latter having the backing of Luthuli House.

Meanwhile, Julius Malema’s former friend Lehlogonolo Masoga did not make it into the Limpopo government’s executive either. He was elected to the seat of deputy speaker of the legislature.

Among the new faces in the executive are ANC Limpopo treasurer Thembi Nwedamutswu, who has been appointed education MEC.

The sister of the late former ANC Youth League leader Peter Mokaba, Mapula Mokaba, was appointed as the transport and safety liaison MEC.

Transport has been separated from roads and merged with safety liaison, and the roads portfolio has been merged with public works.

Limpopo ANC deputy chairperson and former South Africa ambassador to Zimbabwe Jerry Ndou was named MEC for public works, roads and infrastructure.

Former ANC Limpopo provincial task team secretary Joy Matshoge is the new MEC for agriculture and rural development.

Makoma Makhurupetje and Nandi Ndalane are the new MECs for cooperative governance, housing and settlement; and traditional affairs and sport, arts and culture respectively.

Rudolph Phala retained his position as finance MEC, and Ishmael Kgetjepe goes to health. Joyce Mashamba was moved from safety and liaison to social development and welfare.

Charlie Sekoati is the MEC for economic development.

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