DA to ‘continue taking ANC to task’

2014-05-28 00:00

THE DA in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday committed itself to continue holding the ruling party and its government accountable.

The party took over the official opposition status from the IFP when it won 10 seats in the KZN legislature and another seat in the National Council of Provinces in the May 7 elections.

“Our mandate as far as we are concerned is clear,” said party leader Sizwe Mchunu. “The number of votes and the growth of the party was an endorsement for what we stand for.”

Mchunu said that topping the party’s plans for the next term was holding the ANC-led government accountable. “We are here to expose corruption and also ensure that we represent the voice of the people.”

He said the DA, which increased its public representatives from seven to 11, would continue to direct parliamentary questions to KZN premier Senzo Mchunu and the members of the executive council.

“If you look at the number of parliamentary questions we have asked as seven members [in the last term], it was more than the other parties combined.”

“That was our mandate and we will continue to do that in order to make sure the voice of the people is heard.”

Mchunu also said the DA would leave no stone unturned when it comes to issues of provincial government’s financial management and service delivery during this five-year term.

Yesterday, the DA also unveiled its shadow cabinet, who were assigned to portfolio committees.

“The new team is a diverse mix that is set to bring experience, skill and youthful enthusiasm to the KZN Legislature,” the DA said in a statement.

Mchunu remains the caucus leader after he was re-elected unopposed.

— Witness Reporter.

The DA’s KZN shadow cabinet and the portfolio committees they will sit on

Sizwe Mchunu - Premier and Royal Household, standing commitee on public accounts (Scopa) and Public Works.

Mark Steele - Scopa, Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

George Mari - Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Arts and Culture.

Mbali Ntuli - Education, Social Development.

Francois Rodgers - Finance, Premier, Community Safety and Agriculture portfolios.

Hlanganani Gumbi - Human Settlement, Conservation, Agriculture and Sport and Recreation.

Ann Mc Donnell - Transport, Local Government and Conservation, Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

Imran Keeka - Finance.

Rafeek Shah - Transport, Public Works, Arts and Culture and Education portfolio committees.

Rishigen Viranna - Health and Social Development portfolios as well as Community Safety and Sport and Recreation.

Mergan Chetty – Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

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