Meet KZN's new MECs

2016-06-07 10:03

Durban – The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday announced five new MECs in a cabinet reshuffle.

Here is what you need to know about new Sport, Arts and Culture MEC Bongi Sithole-Moloi, Economic Development MEC Sihle Zikalala, Education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwane, Transport MEC Mxolisi Kaunda as well as Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Themba Mthembu. 

Bongi Sithole-Moloi: MEC Sport, Arts and Culture

The controversial former uMgungundlovu District Municipality mayor was reportedly axed from her position on charges of maladministration and corruption in 2008.

In 2009 she was reportedly appointed as the dispute resolution manager in former MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu’s economic development department.

She is the wife of businessman Lucky Moloi.


Bongi Sithole-Moloi (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Sihle Zikalala: MEC Economic Development

Born in Newcastle, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Zikalala became a full-time organiser for the ANC in 1990, when he was 17.

In 1996 he became a councillor serving in the Ilembe District.

He holds a BA in Communication Science.

He served as the secretary general of the ANC Youth League and later became the provincial deputy secretary of the ANC. He then ascended to being the provincial secretary.

In November last year he was elected the ANC chairperson when he trumped former premier Senzo Mchunu.

He married his wife Neli, who shares a name with his mother, on April 22, 1996.


Sihle Zikalala (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Mthandeni Dlungwane: MEC Education

He is a member of KwaZulu-Natal’s provincial legislature. According to the legislature's website, he has been a member since 2014.

The Witness reports that he rose through the ranks when he was elected to the regional executive committee in 1998. He once served as the ANC’s Moses Mabhida region chairperson, taking up a position previously held by current secretary general, Super Zuma.  

He was part of former Youth League president Julius Malema's disbanded provincial executive committee.

Malema is now leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters.


Mthandeni Dlungwana (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Mxolisi Kaunda: MEC Transport

He currently sits on the transport portfolio committee and is a member of the provincial executive committee.


Mxolisi Kaunda (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Themba Mthembu: MEC Agriculture and Rural Development

He is currently the South African Communist Party’s provincial secretary. 

He also sits on the agriculture portfolio committee.

According to Eyewitness News he has not yet accepted the MEC position.  

The MECs will be sworn in on Tuesday.

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