In what is seen by many as a move to repair relations between the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and the party’s provincial executive committee, Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha has appointed former youth league provincial spokesperson Onicca Moloi to his cabinet.
Moloi, 36, was appointed in a cabinet reshuffle yesterday as new MEC for sports, art and culture. Asked if the appointment would ease the escalating tension between the ANC and the league in the province, Moloi denied any knowledge of this discord.
“The ANC Youth League is a hatching pot of leaders. “All party leaders, both provincial and national, first served in youth league positions before being deployed to senior positions of government and or the movement,” said Moloi.
Mathabatha also filled the post left vacant for months after the death of MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Joy Matshoge, who died in a car crash in June.
Mapula Mokaba, who is the younger sister of late youth league president Peter Mokaba, is now MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development. Former sports, art and culture MEC Nandi Ndalane was appointed MEC for transport and community safety.
In the wake of the August local government polls, the league plunged into turmoil after Mathabatha brushed them aside in his selection of mayors and councillors.
The league said Mathabatha had blatantly ignored a plea from the ANCYL at national level for a sizeable number of youth league members to be mayors both in district and local municipalities. This led to them accusing him of not having the interests of young people at heart.
This week Mathabatha was in the youth league’s bad books again after his provincial executive committee voted against the league’s call for an early elective conference.
The call for an early conference was first tabled by the league shortly after the party’s dismal performance in the local government elections.