Former KZN Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni gives successor advice

2016-06-08 11:26
Peggy Nkonyeni. (File)

Peggy Nkonyeni. (File)

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Durban - Former Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni, who has resigned from the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, has given her successor Mthandeni Dlungwana some words of advice.

"Tread carefully, especially at management level, and don't be afraid to meet with the unions. Let them vent and air their frustrations and then resolve matters amicably," said Nkonyeni, following her resignation.

She joined former Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu who resigned from the legislature on Monday following a cabinet reshuffle in the province.

Nkonyeni told newly-appointed Dlungwana to continue to improve the state of education in the province.

She told News24 on Tuesday morning that she resigned from her career in politics because she wanted to pursue business interests.

Nkonyeni congratulated Dlungwana, saying she was confident that he was a capable leader who was not new to the portfolio.

"My only appeal to him is to implement the turnaround strategy to improve the quality of education in the province. I believe that it is a good strategy and it will... turn the situation in the province."

Chapter closed

Nkonyeni said the department of education was a complex one.

She said she had closed the chapter on politics for now.

"I am moving to the corporate sector. I want something challenging. This is my 17th year in politics and I just want something different."

Nkonyeni said she was passionate about farming, even though she knew little about it.

"I sat in many portfolio committee meetings and I have a vague idea about the sector."

She said now she would have more time to spend with her mother, children and friends.

Nkonyeni said she had accepted everything that had happened in recent months and just wanted to move on with her life.

"I wish comrade Dlungwana all the best. He understands the ANC and he knows what is expected of him."

No show

Mabuyakhulu told News24 on Monday that he decided to resign because he was moving on from politics. He said he was not sure what he was going to do yet and wanted to reflect before taking up a new challenge.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu on Monday reshuffled his cabinet and appointed Mxolisi Kaunda to take up a vacant post in the transport portfolio, a position which Mchunu previously held.

Nkonyeni and Mabuyakhulu along with Sport, Arts and Culture MEC Ntombikayise Sabhidla-Saphetha as well as Agriculture and Rural Development's Cyril Xaba were recalled.

They will be replaced by Bongi Sithole-Moloi (Sport, Arts and Culture), Sihle Zikalala (Economic Development), Dlungwana (Education) and Themba Mthembu will replace Xaba.

Mthembu is the South African Community Party's provincial secretary.

After consulting with the SACP in KZN, he has agreed to take up the position.

Four MECs were sworn into office on Tuesday. Mthembu was not present at the ceremony because he reportedly needed more time to consult with the SACP over the deployment. After intense bilateral meetings with both the ANC and the SACP, he accepted the position.

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