Dan Plato becomes an MEC

2011-05-30 12:44

Cape Town - Former Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato will take up the position of MEC for community safety in the Western Cape provincial government, premier Helen Zille said on Monday.

"I am confident that he will make a major contribution, not only to the community safety portfolio, but to the provincial cabinet as a whole," Zille said.

"His specific skills in building partnerships will be extremely valuable as we implement our new approach to extending community safety."

Zille announced the new appointments, made necessary by the appointment of former MEC for social development, Patricia de Lille, as Cape Town's new mayor.

Former community safety MEC Albert Fritz will replace De Lille in social development and Plato replaces Fritz.

"I am confident that these changes will make our cabinet an even stronger team and I look forward to continue working with all the MECs in serving the citizens of the Western Cape," Zille said.

Plato was at the centre of the storm during his tenure as Cape Town mayor over the open toilets built in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.
The opposition in the Western Cape, the ANC, criticised Plato's new appointment as a "clear demonstration of jobs for pals" and said it represented the "highest form of chauvinism".

"Women in the Western Cape continue to be excluded from opportunity and decision making on the basis of race, class and gender," party secretary Songezo Mjongile said.

"Zille deems women to be good enough just as poster-girls."

Mjongile said Plato had a history of "employing force rather than reason".

"His policy of fighting fire with fire has failed completely to deal with issues of safety and security. Many incidents were recorded of hostility, brutality and shootings while he was mayor of Cape Town."

  • saabnut - 2011-05-30 13:00

    Lets hope he tackle drugs and gangsterism with gusto- the scourge is killing our children.

  • DW - 2011-05-30 13:15

    Good luck Dan. I am sure that you will be as successful as you were when you were mayor. This is a responsible position and Mr Fritz has laid down some meaningful programmes which need to be expanded. Western Cape is behind you.

  • Slingervel - 2011-05-30 13:52

    Dan Plato is an excellent appointment. Hy vatikakie!!Best of luck big man!

      tryanything - 2011-06-01 16:12

      Ja vat hom floffie

  • daboss247365 - 2011-05-30 13:54

    Well, I get to see the Western cape once every few months on a holiday, & must say, thus far, it gets better everytime, in many ways. My personal view is to extend the security policy & focus on hotspots, be it in the city or the townships, & bring the government to all the people. Death to the druglords & illegal aliens that pester the people of the cape! Long live the best run province on RSA :)

  • beukespj - 2011-05-30 14:13

    I must say it's very nice too see so much possitvie comments on the western cape. Well done Mr plato!!!! and well done DA

  • yebocan - 2011-05-30 14:25

    good luck uncle Dan!

  • Dumba1234 - 2011-05-30 14:29

    @ Daboss - I agree it's the most beautiful clean province in SA. Love C.T. Well Done to the Madam They can't take Cape Town from the Madam

      daboss247365 - 2011-05-30 14:58

      Its funny.. I grew up in JHB my whole life, & never really saw much to complain about, life seems decent. I'm only 25 now, but followed politics a lot outta curiosity. Had a lot of support for the ANC, & when my fellow whites shunned it, I defended it saying its not all that bad, cmon guys... My first trip to the Western cape was in 2008. Place seemed decent, was pretty clean in CPT, so was actually nicely surprised. I returned in 2009 & wow, there was quiet a bit of improvements. By 2010, I was even more impressed, both in terms of the clean city & the drop in crime, I figured was mainly due to the world cup approaching. This year I was back & wow... havent stopped complaining about JHB since... In the western cape, everything just seems to work better. from the rich suburbs, to the behaviour of taxi drivers, police responses, efficiency, no potholes, lines you can see on the roads, building of RDP houses, revamp of the flats, less hookers on the city streets, & the list goes on. Well, from supporter to vocal critic of the ANC now, seeing how real governing & not corrupted racist ruling, makes a massive difference for all. I suppose this proved itself at the polls may 18th...

  • Clive - 2011-05-30 14:40

    He wasn't much use as mayor, so I guess he can only improve!

      The Goose - 2011-05-30 15:00

      Yeah agreed.There is something fishy about him though....

      zumela - 2011-05-30 17:33

      Clivbe - Were you hiding under a rock or living in the North during his term? Great Guy and an excellent Mayor he is part of the reason that we can brag about Cape Town and at least he was in touch with all people - nothing was too much trouble when he was asked to do something. Congratulations DAN PLATO !!!

  • Maddy-CT - 2011-05-30 15:20

    Interesting article on "Malema's Vulgarisation of the ANCYL" by Thabo Masombuka, a former leader of the ANCYL (25/5/11). The article is no longer on their homepage, but do a search and you will find it.

      Maddy-CT - 2011-05-30 15:21

      Sorry, posted under wrong article & can't delete. - 2011-05-30 17:05

      here is the link :

  • mshini wam - 2011-05-30 16:53

    WC provincial MEC's can open up a football team its all men team. I wonder what their wives are saying being led and pulled sideways by a woman premier.

      tryanything - 2011-06-01 16:23

      Go and visit Cape Town, then go and visit The world class african city.Robots out, skew on poles the most worthless Metro police in the world,Its not in our culture mentality. In Cape town people sit in chairs In JHB they lie in them Big difference and attitude..

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