Newly elected KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has trivialized rumors of a widespread cabinet shuffle, saying only changes necessary to the smooth running of the province would be made.
He noted that he would not take any decisions on reshuffling the cabinet to fill the transport and public safety portfolios he currently holds.
Premier Willies Mchunu said it would be “very abnormal of me to come in and say there is going to be a reshuffle.”
The new premier‚ who was the former transport‚ community safety and liaison MEC‚ was officially sworn-in by Judge President Achmat Jappie on Wednesday afternoon.
He succeeded Senzo Mchunu who resigned from office on Monday after being internally pressurized by ANC’s Zikalala’s supporters.
Reacting after Mchunu’s appointment, NFP’s Vikizitha Mlotshwa said Mchunu was an untainted candidate but predicted that he would soon change.
“You will muddy yourself‚ but we are saying all the best on this hot seat. As the NFP we do not have any issues with you‚” he said.
The EFF’s Khoza also said, “Only history will judge you. We will salute you when you do well and howl you when you flop.”
The Inkatha Freedom Party’s Joshua Mazibuko expressed hope that Mchunu would take the vision of KwaZulu-Natal further.
“In the interest of our people we hope the province will remain stable‚ progressive and prosperous‚” he said.
Willies Mchunu Expresses Commitment To Serve
Reacting after his election in the provincial legislature in Pietermaritzburg, Mchunu promised to continue with the government programmes initiated by his predecessor Senzo Mchunu
We’ll recall that Senzo Mchunu, lost out in the ANC provincial leadership race last November to the current chairperson Sihle Zikalala.
“Obviously I am new in this office and still have to meet with colleagues from the executive council, heads of departments, staff members in the office of the premier and many other stakeholders, as part of the processes to ensure that I hit the ground running.”
“We will continue where Macingwane [the Mchunu clan name] left off, and ensure we move towards realizing the vision of a better life for all of the people of this province,” Mchunu said.
Meanwhile, youths in the province are still calling for the removal of six sitting MECs and for them to be replaced with leaders from the slate on which Zikalala was elected.