Reshuffle: E Cape, Limpopo are next
The wave of Cabinet reshuffles that has been sweeping across the country is set to hit Eastern Cape and Limpopo this week.
Eastern Cape ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane confirmed the pending reshuffles yesterday, adding that the matter would be finalised this week.
“There have been discussions in the provincial executive committee about the Cabinet reshuffle for some time,” he said.
He said the ruling party had consulted its alliance partners about the imminent reconfiguration of the provincial government and that the only outstanding consultation was with the ANC’s national leadership.
“It is a sensitive matter. We are handling it with care. This must be a collective responsibility,” he said.
He would not disclose which MECs would be getting the boot.
Eastern Cape and Limpopo will bring to four the number of provinces which have reshuffled their executives over the past two weeks. Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza and Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane have already changed their governments.
The reasons for the expected removal of MECs appear to be a combination of poor performance and the need to adjust to new political realities in the provinces.
In Limpopo, word doing the rounds is that Premier Cassel Mathale is about to show no fewer than four MECs the door. Several ANC and government sources say they are embattled health and social development MEC Miriam Segabutla; safety, security and liaison MEC Dikeledi Magadzi; agriculture MEC and provincial ANC treasurer Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba; and sports, arts and culture MEC Joyce Mashamba.
Apart from Segabutla, who is generally seen as having run down a crucial portfolio, Magadzi’s possible removal appears political, while those of Letsatsi-Duba and Mashamba are a combination of politics and poor performance.
Mathale seems eager to win over senior ANC leaders who were part of a coalition that toppled his predecessor, Sello Moloto, at a provincial conference in July 2008 but were later sidelined when plum jobs were dished out. They have since rallied behind Mathale’s rival, ANC secretary in Limpopo Joe Maswanganyi.
Candidates who stand a chance of being promoted to the provincial Cabinet are former ANC Youth League provincial chair Lehlogonolo Masoga, who was left out of the initial Cabinet, apparently at the insistence of Mathale’s ally, Julius Malema.
Others are Mopani district mayor Joshua Matlou, ANC provincial women’s league chair Maite Marutha, Limpopo legislature speaker Rudolph Phala, his deputy Miriam Ramadwa, chief whip Jan Tsiane and provincial legislature member Hunadi Mmateme.
Segabutla has been repeatedly implicated in one tender scandal after the other and was recently castigated by Mathale.
Mashamba has been suffering from ill health and putting in average performances, but the fact that she also serves on the central executive committee of the SA Communist Party may also work against her, given the current tensions between the ruling party and its alliance partner.
While Letsatsi-Duba’s performance has been unconvincing, she is also not considered to be part of Mathale’s inner circle.