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AgriSA concerned over new minister

Agri SA says neither the new minister or deputy minister of agriculture have experience in the sector.

AgriSA has expressed concern over the appointment of the new minister and deputy minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - AgriSA has expressed concern over the appointment of the new minister and deputy minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

Former National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) president Senzeni Zokwana has been appointed to run the department.

Former National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele has been appointed as his deputy.

Agri SA president Johannes Möller says neither have experience in this sector.

"Both the new minister and the deputy minister as far as we know don't have any agricultural background or formal training in this sector but we are quite willing to work with both of them."

The NUM'S Frans Baleni has congratulated Zokwana on entering government.

Meanwhile, Judith February, a senior analyst at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says Cele's promotion is a pity given his controversial past.

"I think it's a pity that he has been elevated to the position of deputy minister given his recent past."

Zuma announced his new Cabinet on Sunday night Tshedimosetso House in Hatfield, Pretoria a day after his inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

He said the changes will help drive radical socio-economic change over the next five years.

"I announced on Saturday that we have entered the second phase of our transition to a national democratic society. I also said this would be a radical phase of socio-economic transformation."