On Wednesday, Gauteng Premier David Makhura not only announced who would be the new health MEC, but also reshuffled his executive.
Makhura appointed the social development MEC, Nomathemba Mokgethi, as the new health MEC in the province, noting that she has 27 years of experience in the health sector. “She is not new in this sector and her knowledge, experience and qualifications make her a strong candidate to lead the portfolio.”
Mokgethi is replacing Bandile Masuku, who was axed in October after a Special Investigating Unit report that questioned his role in the controversy over corruption in the procurement of personal protective equipment in his department.
Cooperative Governance Deputy Minister Parks Tau will be joining the provincial executive as the economic development MEC.
“This portfolio is critical in driving our plan to grow our economy and create jobs in our province. Tau has a wealth of experience accumulated over many years as both MMC and mayor,” the premier said.
A number of legal and administrative processes will have to be completed for Tau to be sworn into the legislature.
Morakane Mosupyoe will be moving from the economic development portfolio to lead the social development department. She joined the executive when Kgosientso Ramokgopa was dropped from Cabinet, a decision which was prompted by ANC Women’s League’s cries about the lack of gender representation in the Gauteng cabinet.
Mosupyoe served as a councillor in the City of Tshwane from 2006 to 2016 and, during this period, she also served as the MMC for health and social development. In addition, she formed part of the social and economic cluster over the same period.
In 2011 she became the first female speaker of the City of Tshwane, until 2016 when the term ended.
Makhura also announced a support team that will be assisting Mokgethi to deal with the embattled Gauteng health department. The team, which consists of experienced health professionals, has been put in place to strengthen institutional leadership in hospitals, improve financial governance and ensure incidents of corruption are dealt with accordingly.