Zikalala in charge of govt business

2016-06-09 11:12
Sihle Zikalala (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Sihle Zikalala (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - Newly sworn-in Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala has been appointed as the leader of government business in the province.

KZN ANC chairman Zikalala, who was only sworn in on Tuesday, was appointed to the position during an executive council meeting yesterday.

The position was previously occupied by Premier Willies Mchunu.

The position given to Zikalala, who was sworn in as a member of the provincial legislature, is traditionally given to senior leaders in the legislature.

Meanwhile, Mchunu’s office confirmed the swearing in of Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Themba Mthembu yesterday.

“He will champion an agrarian revolution that will ensure that agriculture becomes a catalyst for socio-economic development,” said Mchunu in a statement.

While Zikalala, Education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwane, Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Mxolisi Kaunda and Sport, Arts and Culture MEC Bongi Sithole-Moloi were being sworn in on Tuesday, Mthembu was a no show.

At that time, the provincial secretary of the SACP and a big critic of Zikalala, was still a subject of long bilateral meetings between the ANC and SACP. His surprise appointment had been made without prior consultation with the SACP.

The SACP, an alliance partner of the ANC, publicly condemned the manner in which the cabinet shuffle was managed.

However, provincial ANC secretary Super Zuma said he was confident that the ANC had followed all its internal processes and the deployments had been done and processed in line with the ANC’s internal protocols.

“No one in the ANC was born with a government position. The deployees of the ANC are given a mandate and are, therefore subjected to constant evaluation of the task given to them and the impact of their work in changing the lives of the people.

“It is therefore unfortunate that there are people who have no understanding of how we conduct our business, but they have the temerity to cast aspersion of our rigorous processes.

“We believe that the reports linking the reshuffling with the assumed disunity in the province are meant to cause confusion and disunity within the ANC. The unity of the ANC is sacrosanct and is not conditional.

“It cannot be based on a condition that those who are holding executive positions in government are there permanently even though the ANC has decided otherwise,” he said.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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