Former ANC youth league provincial spokesperson Onicca Moloi has been appointed in a cabinet reshuffle; as new MEC for sports, art and culture by Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha.
Premier Mathabatha also appointed the younger sister of late youth league president Peter Mokaba, Mapula Mokaba, as MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, following the death of MEC Joy Matshoge; who died in a car crash in June.
Moloi replaced MEC Nandi Ndalane, who was appointed MEC for transport and community safety.
Although Moloi denied that there has been a scuffle between the Limpopo ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and the provincial executive committee, her appointment was seen by many as a move to repair relations between the league and the party’s provincial executive committee.
Prior to the municipal election, the ANCYL dubbed Mathabatha “the enemy” and described him as “autocratic”. The league also sent strong warnings to him; urging him to refrain from “marginalising” them in Limpopo.
After the municipal elections, defiant Mathabatha ruffled the league’s feathers again by projecting ANCYL provincial chairman Vincent Shoba to become the mayoral candidate of Tubatse.
Enraged by his actions, ANCYL national secretary Njabulo Bhekamanzuza Nzuza slammed the premier for pushing aside the ANCYL. He further bashed Mathabatha, stating that he lacks oversight and understanding that young people are the future of the country.
ANC Welcomes Onicca Moloi’s Appointment
Meanwhile, ANCYL provincial spokesman Matome Moremi has welcomed Moloi’s deployment to the sports, arts and culture portfolio.
“As youth league, we welcome Moloi appointment she has done well in the league; and community but we still need more youth representation in the cabinet,” he said.
Speaking in a statement, the premier expressed optimism that the cabinet reshuffle will provide effective service delivery to the people and we will see a different Limpopo in the coming years.
He, however, refused to grant media briefing on why he reshuffled his cabinet.