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We'll keep MECs on the hop - KZN Alliance

By unknown | May 06, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

Cosatu and the SACP in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday gave incoming premier Zweli Mkhize their blessing but warned that "if the MECs he chooses do not perform, we will speak out".

Cosatu provincial secretary Zet Luzipho said: "We respect the rights of the premier-elect to appoint MECs, but if we have concerns, we raise them internally."

The SACP's Themba Mthembu said his party supports Mkhize but that they still expect to be consulted on the province's executive appointments.

"We expect some Alliance leaders in positions in government."

Mkhize is currently playing his cards close to his chest.

ANC provincial secretary Senzo Mchunu is tipped to take over the education portfolio from Ina Cronjé.

Mike Mabuyakhulu is tipped to take over the finance portfolio while finance portfolio committee chairperson Belinda Scott is tipped to take over the finance portfolio from Mkhize.

Current speaker of the legislature Willies Mchunu is expected to become the new agriculture MEC while ANC strongman Bheki Cele is expected to stay on as community safety and liaison MEC. A strong lobby was apparently pushing for the portfolio to be given to former MP Bheki Ntuli.

The ANC Women's League allegedly put forward the name of health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni for premier. The ANC national leadership, however, confirmed Mkhize as premier.


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