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Masualle's surprise cabinet reshuffle - four MECs left out

By Afikile Lugunya - May 11, 2018
Masualle's surprise cabinet reshuffle - four MECs left out

Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, on Thursday made a surprise announcement that he had reshuffled his cabinet. 

He had been early on expected to make his announcement on Friday afternoon. 

Masualle described this reshuffle as a decision, which is based on the Provincial Elective Conference in September 2017 where new office bearers were elected to the African National Congress (ANC) Eastern Cape Provincial Exective Committment (PEC), which is now headed by Oscar Mabuyane.

“Pursuant to this new political discourse, it became necessary to review the Provincial Government Executive Council (EXCO) and facilitate the deployment of some members of the new provincial leadership to serve in the Provincial Government Cabinet,” he described.

The Premier said that this decision should allow smooth transition as the current fith administration winds down its term and prepares for a handing over to the incoming administration, ahead of the 2019 National and Provincial Elections.

Changes to the Eastern Cape Provincial Government Executive Council (EXCO) are as follows:

  • Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEA) & Provincial Treasury, Mr Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane
  • Health, Ms Helen Sauls August
  • Human Settlements, Mr Mlungisi Mvoko
  • Public Works, Ms Pemmy Majodina
  • Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mr Xolile Edmund Nqatha
  • Social Development, Dr Pumza Dyantyi
  • Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC), Ms Bulelwa Tunyiswa

Four MECs were dropped from the new cabinet and are:

  • Mlibo Qoboshiyane‚ rural development and agrarian reform MEC;
  • Thandiswa Marawu‚ Transport MEC;
  • Sakhumzi Somy‚ finance MEC; and
  • Nancy Sihlwayi‚ social development MEC.

He thanked the outgoing members of the Provincial Executive Council (EXCO) “for their loyalty and dedication to the people of the Eastern Cape, and I wish them well in their future endeavors".

“I further welcome and wish the new members of the Provincial Executive Council (EXCO) well in their new responsibilities,” Masualle described.