NC Cabinet Reshuffle – Premier must remove Block and Botes

Andrew Louw, MPL

DA Northern Cape : Provincial Leader

The Democratic Alliance calls on newly elected Northern Cape Premier, Sylvia Lucas, to restore the public’s confidence in the provincial government by removing MEC’s John Block and Alvin Botes.

This comes after an announcement from Premier Lucas that she intends to reshuffle her cabinet tomorrow (4 June).

Finance MEC John Block and Social Development MEC, Alvin Botes have brought the provincial government into disrepute. Both MECs face serious criminal charges in separate court cases, which include fraud, corruption, and money laundering.

It is astonishing that even as they make regular appearances in court to face charges, they remain in office, with Block heading portfolio’s which handle the provinces finances. This situation has gone on for far too long, and has eroded the public’s confidence in the provincial government.

The people of the Northern Cape, especially its poorest residents, deserve better leadership. It is no longer acceptable for the ANC to choose corruption over good governance.

I will once again take the opportunity during tomorrow’s debate in the Legislature to call for Premier Lucas to do the right thing, and remove MEC Block and MEC Botes from the cabinet she leads. The Premier must show she is a leader and take the tough decisions needed to restore our confidence in her government.

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