Recently departed Premier Sihle Zikalala has been appointed as the province's new Minister of Economic Development, Cooperative Governance, and Traditional Affairs.
This follows the resignation or dismissal of some of his cabinet members and other allies.
Former MEC and current MEC for education in KwaZulu-Natal, Kwazi Mshengu, has been called back to his post. Upon succeeding Sihle Zikalala as Premier, Nomusa Ncube-Dube made the announcement of her new provincial government.
Human settlements minister Jomo Sibiya was also removed from his post as a provincial cabinet member in KwaZulu-Natal after serving for 16 months.
Siboniso Duma, the ANC Kwa-Zulu Natal provincial chairperson, has replaced Ravi Pillay as the minister responsible for the province's economic, touristic, and environmental affairs. Human Settlements Director Jomo Sibiya has handed over his position to Dr. Ntuthuko Mahlaba.
After years as premier, it appears that Sihle Zikalala has been enlisted by the new administration for his knowledge of local politics.
According to RET members in the province, Sihle Zikalala's nomination as MEC for cooperative governance demonstrates that the new Taliban leadership does not hold anything against him; rather, the branches were simply bored of having him serve as premier.
Following admitting that he does not support President Cyril Ramaphosa's faction and making statements after his resignation indicating that he would continue to back former President Jacob Zuma, some have argued that he should be allowed to sit in the Kwa-Zulu Natal assembly.
The freshly elected KwaZulu Natal province executive committee has made it clear that they intend to keep consulting Zuma, whom they see as the party's moral center.
In any case, Sihle Zikalala's new position in the provincial government of KwaZulu Natal suggests that not all hope is lost.
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