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Disgruntled ANC members question reshuffle

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The ANC meanwhile welcomed the reshuffle and the initiatives taken by the premier to strengthen government

Syvia Lucas

MEMBERS of the ANC in the Frances Baard region were yesterday dissatisfied with the provincial cabinet reshuffle, claiming that it was not the list that was discussed.

They felt that the Frances Baard region did not have much representation in the new cabinet and were aggrieved that the SACP provincial chairperson, Maruping Lekwene, had not been included.

Members also questioned how the ANC could afford to indefinitely pay the salary of former Member of Parliament Patrick Mabilo.

“Mabilo was brought to the Province to create a vacancy for ANC provincial chairperson Zamani Saul to go to Parliament.”

Members loyal to newly-appointed President Cyril Ramaphosa, pointed out that all the MECs who were close to Premier Sylvia Lucas as well as to former president Jacob Zuma, had been retained.

DA Member of the Provincial Legislature, Boitumelo Babuseng, pointed out that the new MEC for Health, Fufe Makatong, did not have the experience to handle such a massive department, which is mired in controversies.

The ANC meanwhile welcomed the reshuffle and the initiatives taken by the premier to strengthen government.

ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga congratulated the new MECs and thanked the outgoing MECs for their service.

“We hope that these changes will provide greater impetus to government delivery. The ANC commits itself to work with and support the new executive in the execution of its duties.”

Ngxanga also welcomed the resignation of Alvin Botes as both a Member of the Executive Council and a Member of the Provincial Legislature to take up his new role as a Member of Parliament in Cape Town.

“As the PEC we would like to wish him well in his new endeavours and that he will continue to do good work as a deployee of the ANC.”