FOLLOWING the recent highly criticized cabinet reshuffle in Limpopo by Premier Stanley Mathabatha, his office has come out to rubbish the reports that the move to shift two MEC’s was a ‘political ploy’ to silence and punish his critics.
Limpopo Government spokesperson Phuti Seloba said the allegations made by the ANC Youth League in the province that the two MEC’s, Makoma Makhurupetje and Maoula Mokaba-Phukwana, were shifted for speaking against corruption in the province are a blatant lie because the Premier only made changes after thorough analysis in the departments performances.
“The premier has done assessment and as the captain of the ship, he takes decision’s based on the performances. What people need to understand is that he is not a petty person or a man of grudges, so people must not bring their political agendas here,” Seloba said.
He went on to highlight that Mathabatha’s reshuffle comes as his way of driving the government “Batho Pele’ principles.
However, the reshuffle made the ANCYL in the province to vehemently reiterate their call for Mathabatha to vacate his office.
ANCYL secretary David ‘Che’ Selane told African Times that the youth league also hold the view that the reshuffle comes with ulterior motives to bully those MEC’s who have declared their support for Dlamini-Zuma instead of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who is highly backed by Mathabatha.
Selane also said this is a move to open channels for premier’s friends to continue looting especially in the Department of Co-Operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (COGHSTA) were there is a controversial land dodgy deal in Tubatse.
“This is a systematic move by the Premier to attract his friends who are involved in corruption in the province. It’s a well-orchestrated move to protect his friends who might face possible jail time and here Makhurupetje and Mokaba-Phukwana are being reprimanded for not supporting Ramaphosa as the next President,” Selane said.
The reshuffle saw ANC deputy provincial chairperson and former MEC for Public Works Jerry Ndou filling the void left by Makhurupetje who was placed as MEC for transport and community safety. Her predecessor Nandi Ndalane takes over as MEC for Public Works while another staunch Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma supporter Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana, was moved to Social Development.
Rob Tooley, Onnica Moloi, Ishmael Kgetjepe and Seaparo Sekwati retained their positions as MEC’s for Treasury, Sport, Arts and Culture, Education, Economic Development and Tourism respectively.
The DA (Democratic Alliance) in the province questioned some decisions made by Mathabatha especially on the redeployment of Makhurupetje as MEC for transport and community safety.
“It is clear that the reshuffle was solely motivated by political survival and self-preservation. The people of Limpopo deserve better and come 2019, South Africans must use their power to vote out this self-serving ANC government at the ballot box, and choose a new beginning for the province.” Jacques Smalle, DA provincial leader, said in a statement.