Limpopo premier Stan Mathabatha has late on Wednesday reshuffled his executive council.
Nandi Ndalane has been appointed the new MEC for Public works, while Jerry Ndou has been moved from Public works and is now the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human settlements and Traditional Affairs.
Makoma Makhurupetje is now the new MEC for Transport and Community Safety.
MEC Mapula Mokaba Phukwane has been moved to Social Development, and Joyce Mashamba is the new MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development.
Democratic Alliance (DA) Provincial Leader Jacques Smalle spurned Mathabatha’s cabinet reshuffle as political survival and self preservation.
Smalle said DA was extremely concerned at the deployment of Makhurupetje as MEC for Transport and Community Safety following allegetions that she was personally involved in the R132 million land deal in Tubatse. “
“Premier Mathabatha should have displayed the political will to remove her from his cabinet, despite that fact that MEC Makhurupetje is the front runner to become the ANC provincial chairperson,” said Smalle.
He added that the deployment of MEC Mashamba to Agriculture was a concern as MEC Mashamba has been suffering from poor health for most of this year, saying the Premier could have given her a break.
“We further predict nothing positive for the Department of Social Development which is now under the political leadership of MEC Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana, who not only displayed bullying tactics in her previous deployments as MEC for Agriculture but was also implicated by the Public Protector in the allocation of irregular uring her tenure as MEC for Transport,” said Smalle.
“It is clear that the reshuffle was solely motivated by political survival and self preservation.
However, said Smalle DA welcomed Jerry Ndou as the MEC for Cooperative Governance Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (COGHSTA) and we hope that he will turn around a department fraught with corruption and mal-administration.