Premier shuffles KZN cabinet

2011-11-15 12:12

Two ANC MEC’s in KwaZulu-Natal have been dumped by Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize in a long-anticipated cabinet reshuffle.

Maggie Govender, the province’s hard-working but abrasive human settlements MEC, has been dropped in favour of Ravi Pillay, the ANC chief whip in the provincial legislature.

Lydia Johnson, the Agriculture MEC, has been replaced by current social development MEC Meshack Radebe.

The reshuffle also sees Ntombi Sibhidla-Saphetha appointed as MEC for sport, arts, recreation and culture and Weziwe Thusi moving to social development.

The legislature’s Scopa chairperson, Dr Makhosi Khoza, becomes the new ANC Chief Whip.

It follows an assessment of performance of MECs both by Mkhize and the ANC’s provincial leadership.

The ruling party welcomed the reshuffle, saying it would strengthen capacity and service delivery.

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