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Zille: MECs selected on good credentials

WC Premier Helen Zille her MEC staff candidates were chosed based on good credentials.

DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has admitted she hardly knows her new Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC.

But Zille believes Nomafrench Mbombo is the right person for the job.

The re-elected premier has unveiled a cabinet that features two women Mbombo and former Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Debbie Schafer the new Education MEC.

Zille named an all-male cabinet in 2009.

Mbombo says she only heard about her appointment this week.

Zille said, "I picked her because of what people whose judgement I trust said about working with her."

Speaking on her previous all male cabinet, Zille says she won't fire someone just because of a chromosome.

"They couldn't do anything about that 'y' chromosome, just as I couldn't do anything about my 'x' chromosome. None of us got to choose."

The Western Cape MECs will be sworn in on Monday.

Schafer said she's both honoured and excited over her job.

"I've got mixed feelings, I'm extremely honoured, I'm extremely excited and also very daunted, I know it is a huge issue. Education is one of the most important things we have to get right in South Africa. It's a huge responsibility."

REACTION

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is unhappy with the new look cabinet.

It's going back to the Equality Court to challenge Zille.

In 2009, it went to the court complaining over the province's all male, mostly white grouping of MECs.

Cosatu's Tony Ehrenrich said, "The last time Helen Zille appointed a cabinet we took her to the Equality Court and so we did a deal where she gave an undertaking that in future, they would be making sure they put in place both women and blacks.

"So now we are going to be serving it to the Equality Court because she's in contempt of court."

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