Winde Replaces Plato and Beverley Schafer into the Executive
Premier Helen Zille has appointed Minister Alan Winde to succeed Minister Dan Plato in the portfolio of Community Safety until the 2019 election.
Premier Zille said: “Minister Winde has, since the May 2009 election, served with distinction as Minister of Economic Opportunities. In this capacity, he has achieved national recognition for leading the economic development of the Western Cape, resulting in the creation of 640,000 new jobs in the province during his tenure in the portfolio.”
He is now the Democratic Alliance Premier candidate.
“Minister Winde has stated publicly that, together with his ongoing jobs drive, public safety and security will be his top priority, and therefore I am pleased to make this appointment. It is also appropriate to give him some direct, hands-on experience in this portfolio in the run up to the election. This will establish a strong foundation for him to implement a clearly formulated strategy, following the 2019 election, in the event the Democratic Alliance is returned to office,” said Premier Zille.
Although provincial governments do not have operational control over the police, the institutional infrastructure for proper oversight has now been established. The next major challenge in this process is getting safety partnerships to function optimally.
Minister Winde is keen to undertake this task as he continues his quest to drive for economic growth and jobs in the province. Premier Helen Zille added: “The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Economic Opportunities, Ms Beverley Schafer, will succeed Minister Winde in executive office until the 2019 election. Ms Schafer has done an excellent job as chair of the portfolio committee and will maintain the momentum established by Minister Winde.”