Politicians express mixed reactions to Zikalala's new KZN cabinet


- citizen.co.za | 7 months ago

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Velenkosini Hlabisa, has welcomed the injection of young blood into the provincial cabinet, but questioned whether the appointments in the education and health portfolios were “wise”.

KwaZulu-Natal’s new premier, Sihle Zikalala, was sworn in on Monday and announced his cabinet shortly thereafter, to mixed reactions. Kwazi Mshengu – chairperson of the ANC youth league in the province – would be heading up the provincial education portfolio, while the ANC’s provincial spokesperson, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, was announced as the new MEC of health.

Hlabisa said the positive aspect of the cabinet was the prominence of younger people, but, he added, KwaZulu-Natal’s education department was one of the biggest in the country, and Mshengu had no experience in the field.

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