- The IFP has criticised several of the new appointments to the KZN executive council
- The party claims some of the candidates are 'disreputable' and unqualified
- These include Peggy Nkonyeni, Kwazi Meshengu and Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu
The IFP has expressed concern about some of new appointees to KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala's Executive Council.
The IFP alleges that some of these MECs are unqualified.
Zikala's executive council includes provincial treasurer, Ravi Pillay, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu as health MEC and Kwazi Mshengu as education MEC, among other appointees.
One of the appointees who drew criticism in particular was Mshengu, who the IFP claims is too young for the post of education MEC.
Similarly, the IFP has slammed the appointment of Simelane-Zulu as health MEC, claiming that she does not have expertise in the medical field. As a result, the IFP questioned her ability to exercise "command and authority" over the health department.
Velenkosini Hlabisa, the leader of the IFP in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature, says that these appointments have compromised the health and education departments, according to The Citizen.
Additionally, the IFP has taken issue with the return of Peggy Nkonyeni to the human settlements department. They say that this runs counter to Zikalala's stated commitment to rooting out corruption.
This is because Nkonyeni faced criminal charges for corruption and racketeering, but they were dropped in 2015, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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