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Rush to fill Piitso's post

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Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Limpopo Premier Sello Moloto is expected to reshuffle his cabinet this week after the deployment of roads and transport MEC Justice Piitso to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Piitso has been deployed as South Africa's ambassador to Cuba by President Kgalema Motlanthe from the beginning of this month.

But his deployment has left a void in the department of roads and transport and also in the Limpopo legislature.

Piitso is expected to assume his duties as ambassador in June next year after undergoing a six-month training period.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Ronny Mamoepa said Piitso would first have to be accepted by the Cuban government before assuming his duties.

"If accepted he will be taken for training for his new job," he said.

Mamoepa said the training would take place at the Diplomatic Training Academy in Pretoria.

He said Foreign Affairs was continually deploying commissioners and other government personnel around the world to perform duties of government.

Piitso's department is now without a political head and will be run by the premier until a new MEC is appointed.

Although Moloto is still to announce Piitso' s replacement, ANC provincial chairman Cassel Mathale looks set to take over as MEC for roads and transport.

Speaking in an interview with Sowetan yesterday, Piitso said the offer by President Motlanthe proved that his dedication, hard work and commitment throughout the past years had not gone unnoticed.

He said he was happy to accept the offer and that he "could not wait" to take up his new post in Cuba.

Mohale Nchabeleng, spokesman for the Limpopo provincial government, said he was not sure when Premier Moloto would - this week - make the changes to his cabinet. He could also not speculate on the changes.


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