Zille’s govt reshuffle above board – Botha

A recent reshuffle in the DA-led Western Cape government had nothing to do with quotas of Afrikaner representatives, says former Health MEC Theuns Botha.

“The media speculation of any sinister reason for Minister [NomaFrench] Mbombo and I swopping portfolios is unfounded and untrue,” said Botha today.

“It has got nothing to do with ‘Afrikaners, Afrikaanses or former NAT [National Party] / DP [Democratic Party] composition’ of the DA.”

On December 31, the Democratic Alliance announced that Botha and Mbombo, who was MEC for Cultural Affairs and Sport at the time, would swop positions from January 1.

However, today Botha said there were medical reasons behind his shift.

“The fact is that I have been troubled with personal health issues recently,” said Botha.

He would be taking sick leave for at least two months from February.

Therefore, said Botha, he had accepted Premier Helen Zille’s offer for him to swop to the culture and sports portfolio as this would be “less demanding” under the circumstances.

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