Mathale reshuffles Limpopo cabinet

2012-03-14 14:27

Johannesburg - Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale has reshuffled his cabinet, leaving some MECs out in the cold.

Mathale fired Health MEC Dikeledi Magadzi; Sports, Arts and Culture MEC Joyce Mashamba, and Safety and Security MEC George Phadagi, it was announced on Tuesday night.

Magadzi's department had been in the spotlight for incurring irregular and unauthorised expenditure. Mashamba was embroiled in controversy after her department hired her son without qualifications some years ago.

Phadagi came into office in 2010. His appointment at the time was seen as Mathale's way of balancing his cabinet by including a Tshivenda-speaking member.

Mathale appointed four new MECs.

Magadzi, who was among a faction that contested Mathale's re-election in December last year, was replaced by Norman Mabasa from the SA Medical Association.

ANC provincial secretary Soviet Lekganyane stepped down as traditional affairs department MEC. He was replaced by head of department Clifford Motsepe.

ANC provincial deputy secretary and Vhembe Mayor Florence Dzombere took over Phadagi's department.


MEC for economic development, tourism and environmental affairs Pitsi Moloto was moved to roads and transport, swapping with Pinky Kekana.

Kekana's former department was being investigated by the Hawks and the public protector over a multimillion-rand tender awarded to a company linked to expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

It was among the five Limpopo government departments placed under administration by President Jacob Zuma last year.

Also making his debut as MEC was ANC Veterans’ Association chairperson Jacob Maruel, who takes over the agriculture department, previously headed by Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba.

Letsatsi-Duba was moved to the sport and culture department.

The Democratic Alliance said the reshuffle was Mathale's last chance to demonstrate his seriousness about improving his government's performance.

"[We] will continue to engage with the MECs constructively to make sure that service delivery is improved for the people of Limpopo," spokesperson Desiree van der Walt said.


While congratulating the new MECs, Van der Walt expressed disappointment, particularly that the critically important education department continued to be led by Dickson Masemola.

"This is notwithstanding the fact that this department has been very badly managed under him, with the latest casualties being our learners not receiving their learning materials.

"We would have hoped that the premier would have seized this opportunity and restored this department for the betterment of our education."

Van der Walt was also not confident that Moloto possessed the "political gravitas" to turn things around.

She welcomed the sacking of both Mashamba and Phadagi, saying their performance had been "lacklustre".

Dzombere's elevation to safety and security "beggars belief".

"It is an indisputable fact that Vhembe's management is way below acceptable standards," said Van der Walt.

"The question that remains to be answered is what leadership record is she supposedly bringing in this new role."

Van der Walt raised concern at Magadzi's removal, saying she had shown dedication and worked hard.

  • Marion - 2012-03-14 14:37

    Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

      David - 2012-03-14 14:47

      True. The HMS Limpopo has already sunk...

      kgomotso.radise - 2012-03-14 15:06

      As if this will solve the problem in his cabinet

      onlyjinjinthevillage - 2012-03-14 15:07

      ...@Marion, you should have your own weekly roundup Spoof comedy show. Its all funny but very true!

      Jomah - 2012-03-14 15:11

      @Leonard; Zuma will do that after Mangaung. His payback for supporting Juliass.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-14 15:33

      What is he still doing there, surely if your province and the ministers under you have failed, you have failed? Step aside Mathale!!

      Anthony - 2012-03-14 18:06

      out with the in-competent, in with the corrupt

      Tgif - 2012-03-15 06:40

      Billions shall be had !

  • Piet - 2012-03-14 14:38

    Round no two for the second batch of thieves!

      Johnathon - 2012-03-14 15:56

      Same as shuffling chairs on the Titanic.

  • Piet - 2012-03-14 14:42

    The reason Politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would "hate" to have to make a living under the laws they've passed

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-03-14 14:44

    WTF! How do you shuffle a person from one division to the next? Are all ANC ministers experts on everything? "MEC for economic development, tourism and environmental affairs Pitsi Moloto was moved to roads and transport, swapping with Pinky Kekana." So, economic development, tourism and environmental affairs, is run In the same way as roads and transport?

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-14 14:48

      You don't need an education to be in parliament! Did you not know that by now? Our country is being run by people with no high school and if they do have high school, they fail maths!

      Marion - 2012-03-14 14:51

      @Tony Lapson - Don't you know that when they were in exile they were all fully trained in every single aspect of running a country in order that they could swap at will. Now they're just getting 'experience' to back up the training.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-14 19:03

      Tony : A change is as good as a holiday. The title and the portfolio does not matter. By now you should know that the importance of a job lies in the salary and the perks.

  • Putin the " - 2012-03-14 14:46

    The players might have changed but the game remains the same!!

      Jomah - 2012-03-14 15:09

      Working Girl - 1989

  • Nigel - 2012-03-14 14:49

    shuffling shuffling, hoping that by doing more of the same (corruption, incompetence, negligence) a different outcome will somehow miraculously happen. Bunch of useless thieves.

  • Morama - 2012-03-14 14:51

    A waste of time,that province is the worse of them all with corruption. They must just leave Kekana where she is untill the hawks arrive to arrest them in connection with the tenders given to one point woodwork engineering.

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-03-14 14:59

    i was expecting MEC for education ,transport and roads, to be axed also bt they still in business and why only health MEC? And other departments performd well why reshuffl?

  • ericsdoms - 2012-03-14 15:02

    This guy should re-shuffle himself !

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-03-14 15:12

    A failed chef reshuffling rotten potaotes and hoping for what?? What does the premier really want...a stay of execution or an effective governement?

  • Rob - 2012-03-14 15:16

    Reshuffeling & continually dealing from the bottom of the pack is not the answer.

  • Mark - 2012-03-14 15:54

    This Premier of theft will go down soon.

      Jayb - 2012-03-14 16:02

      @ Rusti sorry to correct you " this thieve will go down soon"

  • Andre - 2012-03-14 16:03

    He should be shuffled out first! What a disgrace!

  • Mulaudzi - 2012-03-14 16:08

    Im disapointed by the appointment of Dzombere she was at Malonga 4 weeks back (ANC IMBIZO)where she could not answer even a single question concerning water and road.we dont need skeleton mec

  • Frank - 2012-03-14 17:06

    Donate Limpopo to Zimbabwe - same status, same mentality!

  • Phillys - 2012-03-14 20:33

    shame, you actually feel sorry for these bafoons!! But you feel even sorrier for the poor uneducated masses who vote them in year in and year out, and then blame the white man for their woes!!!! \ Thick as mud!!!

  • Tgif - 2012-03-15 06:40

    Billions shall be had !!

  • mathasemasase - 2012-03-15 07:44

    He should have resigned as well, this is the way of you eat or be eaten, political power of Isolating the enemy, the Zuma supporters are facing it the simtoms of mangaung, the begining of the end. the young men can come back decisively.

  • Moss - 2012-03-15 13:19

    Everyday i'm shuffling ... shuffling ..shuffliiiinnnng!!!!!!

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