Insults fly as ANC responds to DA query on KZN cabinet re-shuffle

2016-04-13 09:41
Newly elected KwaZulu-Natal DA leader Zwakele Mncwango. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Newly elected KwaZulu-Natal DA leader Zwakele Mncwango. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - Is a provincial cabinet reshuffle on the cards?.

A mud-slinging battle between the province’s DA and ANC leaders yesterday erupted when the opposition party claimed a cabinet reshuffle would destabilise the province.

In a statement by the KwaZulu-Natal Democratic Alliance leader Zwakele Mncwango, the party targeted African National Congress provincial chair Sihle Zikalala, saying his decision to reshuffle the KZN cabinet would “destabilise” the province.

Mncwango alleged that MEC for Economic Development Mike Mabuyakhulu, Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo, MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha, Agriculture MEC Cyril Xaba and Education MEC Nelisiwe Peggy Nkonyeni are all facing the chop.

Mncwango said the “rumoured allegations” point to infighting within the ANC. “We will not allow the province to be destabilised because of political wars within the governing party.

“The ANC spends too much time fighting instead of focusing on the needs of the people of this province,” Mncwango said.

“It is rather disturbing that in the midst of a financial crisis, the governing party is planning to remove the majority members of the cabinet. We believe this will leave the province destabilised.

“The province should be creating an environment that is inviting to investors instead of chasing them.”

ANC provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said the DA has “absolutely nothing to do” with the composition of KZN’s provincial cabinet. “The unadorned truth is that the ANC Provincial Executive Council, on behalf of the entire membership of our movement, is responsible for the constitution of the provincial cabinet and can make any changes it deems necessary. Neither our right wing opponents nor its liberal friends can tell the ANC what it does about its cabinet,” Ntuli said.

The ANCYL also got involved, saying the DA’s statement was “malicious” and “nothing but a fabricated concoction of [their] unimaginative empty heads”.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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