ANCYL member is youngest MEC

2011-11-16 00:00

THE appointment of former ANC Youth League national executive committee (NEC) member Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha as the new KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture is a triumph for the ANCYL in KZN following its call for generational mix within the provincial cabinet.

The ANCYL made the call after its provincial general council (PGC) last year, where the youth league first made its call for KZN cabinet reshuffle.

Sibhidla-Saphetha replaces Weziwe Thusi.

The Clermont-born Sibhidla-Saphetha, was sworn in as new MEC by KZN Judge-President designate Chiman Patel.

The married mother of two, who has a diploma in electrical engineering, started climbing the ladder of success within the ANCYL when she was elected branch secretary in Clermont and went on to become its deputy chairperson for Durban West.

While serving as the deputy regional chairperson, she was co-opted on to the provincial executive committee of the ANCYL and served as its provincial gender co-ordinator. She was then co-opted to the NEC and later elected and tasked to lead the education sub-committee.

During the last provincial elective conference of the ANC she was elected to the PEC and after the 2009 elections, she was elected an ANC MP.

By being appointed MEC at 37 years old, she is the youngest MEC in the KZN provincial cabinet.

Sibhidla-Saphetha is no stranger to politics. Her father, Jimmy Mtolo, was the KZN Treasurer of the South African National Civics Organisation (Sanco).

Mtolo was mysteriously gunned down inside Sanco’s offices in New Germany in 2008.

• skhumbuzo.miya@witness.co.za

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