KZN's new education MEC claps back: 'No one is born with experience'

KZN's new education MEC claps back: 'No one is born with experience'

- The newly-appointed KZN Education MEC has hit back at critics

- This comes after the IFP accused him of being too young to handle the position

- MEC Kwazi Mshengu says he is equal to the task despite his youth

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KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala has appointed several young candidates to his Cabinet, which has drawn criticism from the IFP, which says they lack the necessary experience for the positions.

One these appointees is ANC Youth League KZN's chairperson, Kwazi Mshengu, who will take up the post as Education MEC.

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The IFP alleges that Mshengu is "unqualified" and "unfit" for the office.

However, on Monday Mshengu fired back at his critics in the IFP. He claimed that "no one is born with experience". Mshengu maintains that he he has the ability to bear the responsibility, adding that his appointment showed the ANC's faith in young people.

The position of Education MEC comes with significant responsibility, as it involves overseeing a budget of R50 billion per year among other duties, according to IOL.

Nevertheless, Mshengu says he is "equal to the task".

Mshengu is one of four new members of the KZN provincial legislature who were born in the 1980s, making them the youngest figures in the legislature. 

Despite his youth, Mshengu is not without his qualifications. He holds a Masters degree in law and previously served in the Economic Development and Tourism department under Zikalala.

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Mshengu added that if he failed in his role, it would reflect poorly on the youth, has gathered.

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