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DA welcomes Tsenoli's appointment

Tsenoli is the former Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Lechesa Tsenoli. Picture:GCIS

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday welcomed the appointment of the new Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Lechesa Tsenoli.

Tsenoli takes over from axed Minister Richard Baloyi, who was a victim of President Jacob Zuma's most recent cabinet reshuffle.

President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday announced several changes to his Cabinet.

He appointed new ministers to the Communications, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, and Human Settlements ministries.

The DA's John Steenhuisen said that removing Baloyi was the right thing to do

He said Tsenoli should urgently issue long-awaited regulations that will set minimum skills and qualifications for municipal managers.

"I sincerely hope that Minister Tsenoli is not going to sit in his hands like Minister Baloyi has done, but that he will get on with the job of getting these regulations done so that we can start to give effect to legislation that was passed in 2011."

Steenhuisen said Tsenoli should not be deterred by union opposition to the move.

"There is no reason why anybody in this country would oppose laws that improve the quality of officials in municipalities. Obviously there's an interest from unions to protect their members."

Tsenoli, formerly Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, is a past chairman of Parliament's local government oversight committee.

He's also a member of the South African Communist Party (SACP)'s central committee, as is his cabinet colleague, new Communications Minister Yunus Carrim.