Mixed reaction to Van Rooyen’s new position

There’s been a mixed reaction to president's appointment of David ‘Des’ van Rooyen.

FILE: Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs David van Rooyen. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - There's been a mixed reaction to President Jacob Zuma's appointment of David 'Des' van Rooyen as cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister.

Organised Local Government has given van Rooyen the thumbs up, but some opposition parties have slammed the move.

Zuma shuffled van Rooyen out as finance minister after just four days of vociferous condemnation and markets tailspin, replacing him with Pravin Gordhan, whose portfolio he now takes over.

The South African Local Government Association (Salga) says it's looking forward to meeting with van Rooyen, the new minister in charge of local government.

Spokesperson Tahir Sema said, "The minister has a long track record in the local government base. We welcome the minister to this important position."

Local government watcher, Karen Heese, was more cautious "The concern is that being a national minister is a very strategic position and this will no doubt be very challenging."

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) slated the appointment, pointing to van Rooyen's troubled tenure as mayor of Merafong, and saying it inspires little confidence in his abilities.

Van Rooyen is due to give his first media briefing tomorrow.