Nomathemba Mokgethi appointed new Gauteng Health MEC

Premier David Makhura made the announcement at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi. Picture: @MECwaBantu/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Nomathemba Mokgethi has been appointed as the new Gauteng Health MEC while Deputy Cogta Minister Parks Tau is also being brought in as the new MEC for Economic Development.

Morakane Mosupyoe has been moved from Economic Development to the Social Development portfolio.

Premier David Makhura made the announcement at a media briefing in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Mokgethi holds a masters degree in nursing sciences, as well as a doctorate in literature and philosophy from the University of South Africa.

Makhura said a team of administrators would also be appointed to assist at the Health Department.

The African National Congress in the province had given Makhura until the end of November to make a decision.

In October, he fired Bandile Masuku as Health MEC over the personal protective equipment tender saga – this after the Special Investigating Unit’s preliminary report found he failed to uphold the Constitution and regulations contained in the Public Finance Management Act.

Makhura expressed faith in the additional capacity his government just received.

“As we’re dealing with COVID-19, we’ve fallen back on dealing with matters pertaining to HIV, so this team will help us focus on jacking up the entire health system in Gauteng under the leadership of Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi.”

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