NW premier axes 4 MECs and makes changes to provincial cabinet

NW premier axes 4 MECs and makes changes to provincial cabinet

- Job Mokgoro, the North West province's premier, decided it was time for some change in cabinet

- Mokgoro got rid of a number of embattled MECs and replaced them with those he trusts

- There were a few MECs who retained their jobs during this reshuffle

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The North West premier, Job Mokgoro, decided to have a bit of a cabinet reshuffle before the weekend. Mokgoro got rid of 4 members of the provincial cabinet on Thursday, 6 December.

Mokgoro's decision to make changes was brought on by the lack of trust between the NW government and the electorate.

One of the biggest changes was the axing of the Department of Health MEC, who was involved in scandals that were linked to the Guptas.

Health workers previously went on strike for a whole 3 months, calling for the removal of management, as reported by SowetanLIVE.

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Mokgoro also axed Magome Masike, who was the longest-serving member of the cabinet. Masike is replaced by SACP provincial secretary Madoda Sambatha.

Agriculture MEC Manketsi Tlhape was allegedly involved in the theft of cattle that was meant for emerging farmers. Thlape was axed and tourism MEC Desbo Mohono serves as replacement.

Another embattled MEC, Hoffman Galeng, who was in trouble with SCOPA after allegedly using taxpayers' money to pay for bodyguards at his home, was also axed. former social development MEC, Fenny Gaolaolwe, will take his place.

Oageng Molapisi, former transport MEC, will replace public works MEC Mmule Maluleka, who was also fired.

Motlalepule Rosho, who previously served in economic development, will now head the human settlements and local government department.

There were MECs who kept their positions like culture, arts and traditional affairs MEC Ontlametse Mochware, community safety and transport management MEC Mpho Motlhabane, and Education MEC Sello Lehari.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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