NC council reshuffled

2016-03-02 06:00
SYLVIA LUCAS, premier of the Northern Cape, addresses the media regarding the provincial government reshuffle of MECs after the death of Grizelda Cjiekella-Lecholo, MEC for Education, and the resignation of John Block, MEC for Finance. With her is Justice Bekebeke, director-general for the Northern Cape provincial government.  Photo: Emile Hendricks

SYLVIA LUCAS, premier of the Northern Cape, addresses the media regarding the provincial government reshuffle of MECs after the death of Grizelda Cjiekella-Lecholo, MEC for Education, and the resignation of John Block, MEC for Finance. With her is Justice Bekebeke, director-general for the Northern Cape provincial government. Photo: Emile Hendricks

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IT has taken a very long time for Sylvia Lucas, premier of the Northern Cape, to come up with just two names from the legislature to replace the late MEC for Education, Grizelda Cjiekella-Lecholo, and the former MEC for Finance, John Block.

Speculations in December were that perhaps the premier would give a befitting Christmas present to the 1,1 million Northern Cape residents by instating new MECs, but nothing happened.

Then a chance to do this presented itself during the opening of the Northern Cape legislature, but that opportunity also passed, to the disappointment of the people.

Then on Monday (29/02) a time was set to do the much-awaited announcement at the ANC provincial office.

That, too, took a long time, as it was clear that a marathon meeting was at play.

Eventually an announcement was made at a different venue, the premier’s office.

In replacing the two MECs, the premier had used the opportunity to reshuffle her executive council.

There was also a need to replace Dawid Rooi, MEC for Public Works, as he had resigned.

Therefore, the new members of the executive council are as follows: Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba (MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation), Father Gift van Staden (MEC for Social Development) and Pauline Williams (MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison).

The reshuffled MECs are: Lebogang Motlhaping (who went to the troubled Department of Health), Barbara Bartlett (Education), Mxolisi Sokasha (to the renamed Infrastructure and Public Works Department) and McCollen “Mac” Jack (Finance, Economic Development and Treasury).

MECs Norman Shushu, Alvin Botes and Chotelo Tiny Chotelo remain in their departments.

A reliable source also confirmed the rumours of a serpent hissing in the political corridors at Amaqawe House, pitying the premier and the provincial secretary for the position of the provincial chairperson.

The province is set to produce an exciting power play in the next 20 months.

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