Mekgwe takes over from Mmemezi

2012-07-16 15:40

Johannesburg - Gauteng Health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe will take over from Humphrey Mmemezi as local government and housing MEC, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Monday.

"We reflected on the overall performance of the province, the strengths and weaknesses," Mokonyane told reporters in Johannesburg.

"We are bolstering the existing executive council."

Mmemezi quit after an integrity commission report presented to the Gauteng legislature found him guilty of contravening the province's code of conduct and ethics.

The report referred to Mmemezi using a government credit card and covering up an accident in a government vehicle. Mmemezi resigned from his position on Wednesday.

The document was adopted unanimously by the legislature, though the opposition Democratic Alliance made a declaration that other allegations against Mmemezi regarding his time with the Mogale City municipality and his time as MEC should be investigated.

Mokonyane announced a provincial cabinet reshuffle on Monday.

Two new MECs, Hope Papo and Nkosiphendule Kolisile, were sworn in.

Papo would take over as health MEC from Mekgwe.

Mokonyane said Papo had been part of the Gauteng legislature for 14 years and had spent some time in the health department.

Economic Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu would become infrastructure development MEC.

Kolisile would take over as economic development MEC. He was a former chairperson of the economic development cluster in the legislature and had been part of the economic development portfolio committee, Mokonyane said.

Outgoing Infrastructure Development MEC Bheki Nkosi was appointed the new head of the Gauteng gambling board.

  • Squeegee - 2012-07-16 15:56

    Excuse me if I don't get over optimistic and all excited...

      gary.guy.507 - 2012-07-16 20:48

      I'm with you squeegee ... "Gauteng Health MEC" - wow, now that is something to have on your CV - Gauteng Health, that pillar of efficiency and delivery!!

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-07-16 15:58

    From the frying pan to the oven! Makwe's tenure on Health has been nothing but failure to say the least. All the state hospital and clinics have been collapsing under her watch. The shortage of medicine, infant mortality rate has sky rockerted, and even service providers have not been paid on time!

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-07-16 16:04

    "We are bolstering the existing executive council." In plainer English, we have taken advantage of the situation to allow for one or two more snouts around the trough ...

  • chris.khanye - 2012-07-16 16:06

    Just when most of these MECs were familiarizing themselves with their portfolios then again we have the cutting and chopping. This can't be good for consistency and service delivery. We cannot keep on playing the game of chance "finder, finder" with our people. Although MEC Mekgwe as a mayor nearly ran Ekurhuleni Municipality into the red - I congratulate her on her appointment.

  • smiso.mkhonza.9 - 2012-07-16 16:10

    another comrade viva cANCer viva

  • bobo.simon2 - 2012-07-16 16:12

    Just focus on education mec.she has failed

  • Erna - 2012-07-16 16:53

    I know this is a (very) stupid question but is any thought ever given to placing a suitably QUALIFIED person in these positions?

      Squeegee - 2012-07-16 17:20

      "thought"...? Huh?

      gary.guy.507 - 2012-07-16 20:51

      Lots of thought was given... many years of struggle.. greasy palms, etc etc

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