North West Cabinet Reshuffle Has Nothing To Do With Service Delivery, and Everything To Do With Political Patronage

ActionSA believes the recent cabinet reshuffle by North West Premier, Bushy Maape, is not intended to improve service delivery, but instead to make way for recently elected ANC Chairperson, Nono Maloyi, who was recently appointed as a member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL).

This is in line with the age-old ANC tradition of using political appointments to keep political power and alliances going within the party. These considerations have nothing to do with the provision of better services to the people of the North West.

If the ANC truly prioritised service delivery, Maape would’ve used his cabinet reshuffle to remove MEC Sello Lehari under whose leadership the controversial donkey-cart tender was issued.

The entire North West Provincial Government was already placed under administration by the national government in 2018 due to ANC infighting, mismanagement and corruption. 

Service delivery and good governance are urgently needed in the Province, as highlighted by Auditor-General (A-G), Tsakani Maluleke. Maluleke found that not a single one of the 22 municipalities in the Province received a clean audit and that service delivery in those municipalities remained stagnant for the past five years. These are the priorities that ANC in the North West should preoccupy itself with.

ActionSA calls on the Maape to urgently stabilise the Provincial Government and restore service delivery to the people of the Province.

It is only through ethical leadership, that prioritises the people, that good governance can be assured – values which lie at the heart of ActionSA.