NFP leader made deputy minister

2014-06-05 10:54

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

President Jacob Zuma has appointed National Freedom Party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi as Deputy Science and Technology Minister, the presidency has announced.

KaMagwaza-Msibi (52) will take her oath of office at a swearing-in ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria tomorrow.

The post was formerly held by Mike Masutha, who is now serving as justice minister in Zuma’s new Cabinet.

KaMagwaza-Msibi is one of six NFP members who earned themselves seats in the National Assembly after her party’s breakaway from the Inkatha Freedom Party in 2011. It contested its first general elections on May 7.

The NFP garnered 288 742 votes in the elections.

The party also won six seats in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.

KaMagwaza-Msibi formerly served as Zululand district municipality mayor. She was also IFP chairperson – from 2006 to 2011 – before the split.

Earlier this year, in the run-up to the elections, KaMagwaza-Msibi told supporters that the African National Congress, as well as the IFP, were scared by her party’s growth.

“These two political parties fear the NFP. They are threatened by the growth of the NFP. They fear that we may take over this province from them and they are using dirty barbaric tactics,” she reportedly said at the time.

» This story was updated after first published.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.