DA plans provincial cabinet reshuffle

The party will do some reshuffling in its cabinet after two MECs retired & Lindiwe Mazibuko resigned.

DA leader Helen Zille at the results board in the IEC's national results centre in Pretoria on 8 May 2014. Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape says there are plans for a provincial cabinet reshuffle.

Change is imminent, following the retirement of transport and public works MEC Robin Carlisle and his agriculture counterpart Gerrit Van Rensburg.

The party will run the province for another five years following the outcome of last week's election.

The provincial government's Zak Mbhele says, "There's a lot of experience and institutional memory that's been built up with the cabinet over the last five years. Continuity will be a key factor in how the new cabinet is put together."

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At the weekend it emerged the DA's parliamentary leader will not be representing the party in parliament.

Instead she is jetting off to the United States, to study at Harvard University.

Her move comes after her public fallout out with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in November last year, over the DA parliamentary caucuses handling of employment equity legislation.

The disagreement led to speculation in the party that Mazibuko would be challenged by the DA's spokesperson Mmusi Maimane when fresh elections were held for the position of parliamentary leader.

However, Mazibuko insists her decision has nothing to do with her differences with Zille.

She says she took the decision in September during a visit to Yale University with others pursuing higher profile careers.

She is expected to be away for a year.

Mazibuko became the DA's parliamentary leader three years ago.