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Reasons for Makunyane's make-over 'known only to him'

By unknown | Apr 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The mayor of Polokwane Thabo Makunyane this week surprised all and sundry when he reshuffled the council's mayoral committee.

This, he said, was a concerted effort to strengthen issues of governance in the municipality.

Makunyane said structures in the municipality needed to be strengthened to ensure effective and efficient service delivery.

"Casualties" of the latest developments were Lucy Jiyane, Mokgadi Raganya and Matome Matlou.

"As a municipality determined to uplift the lives of our people, I deemed it fit to bring about changes in the mayoral committee so that there is efficiency in the execution of our duties," said Makunyane.

He refused to disclose further reasons for his decision, saying it was an internal matter.

"The mayoral committee comprises 10 members. If there are those whose performances I'm not satisfied with, I have the choice to replace them.

"After all, it is my head that will be on the block at the end of the day," he said.

So far, Makunyane has managed to replace one person.

Chris Machete has been brought in as a new member of the committee.

Other replacements would be done in due course, said Makunyane.

Meanwhile, Ngwako Setjie of the opposition United Independent Front in the municipality said his party was not happy about the shuffle.

He said the members who were replaced had done their best to remain on the committee.

"Though it is the mayor's prerogative to effect changes in his committee, we feel it was unfair to replace those members, judging by their performances since their appointments.

"Anyway, Makunyane's reasons for the reshuffling are known only to him," said Setjie.


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