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Zille's new Cabinet sworn in

Western Cape Premier took the oath of office and was followed by her MECs.

Helen Zille's new Cabinet being sworn in on 26 May, 2014. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's new Cabinet has officially been sworn in.

Zille's new Cabinet includes two female MECs.

The premier has often come under fire in the past for a lack of diversity in her Cabinet.

In 2009, the matter went to court after complaints were received about the composition of the Western Cape Cabinet.

Zille took the oath first followed by her MECs who each penned their names to their new five year contracts.

"I undertake to hold my office as Premier of the Western Cape with honour."

Behind each MEC stood smiling relatives.

Flanked by her two new female colleagues cultural affairs and sport MEC Nomafrench Mbombo and education MEC Debbie Schafer, Zille told journalists about her Cabinet's most pressing challenges.

"Our biggest challenges are poverty and unemployment and every single thing we do in South Africa must be to try and beat these issues."

She said all her MECs must align their portfolios to grow the economy.

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