Zille's WC cabinet unconfirmed

Members of the WC legislature will be sworn in next week, but the premier is still deciding who to appoint.

FILE: Members of the WC legislature will be sworn in next week but the Premier Helen Zille is still deciding who to appoint. Picture:AFP

CAPE TOWN - While members of the Western Cape Legislature will be sworn in next week, Provincial Premier Helen Zille's office says she is still deciding who to appoint to her cabinet.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will run the province for another five years following the outcome of last week's election.

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Zille's critics have called on her to use the opportunity to pick women and black candidates as MECs after she chose an all-male, mostly white cabinet in 2009.

Her spokesperson Zak Mbhele says members of the Provincial Legislature will be sworn in before the cabinet is announced.

"Announcements and the swearing in of the cabinet members would happen as soon as possible after the swearing in of the MPLs for the next provincial parliament. This takes place on 21 May. But for now there are no finalised dates as to when the cabinet will be announced."

Meanwhile, the 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.


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.