Zuma names key advisors

2009-05-25 16:04

Cape Town - The presidency on Monday announced the appointment of key advisors to newly-elected President Jacob Zuma.

Former safety and security minister and former defence minister Charles Nqakula will be Zuma's political advisor, while former trade and industry minister Mandisi Mpahlwa will serve as economic advisor.

Zuma's international relations advisor will be ANC national executive committee (NEC) member and former ambassador to Brazil, Lindiwe Zulu, while advocate Bonisiwe Makhene has been appointed legal advisor.

Makhene is currently deputy chief state law advisor in the justice and constitutional
development department and will be seconded to the presidency to perform the legal advisory role.

ANC NEC member and MP Ayanda Dlodlo has been appointed Zuma's parliamentary counsellor.

"The advisers bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the presidency and will add much value to the president's determination to bring about faster change and improved service delivery," the department said in a statement.

Mpahlwa, Nqakula, and Zulu would resign from Parliament to take up their respective positions.