NFP leader made deputy minister
President Jacob Zuma has appointed National Freedom Party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi as Deputy Science and Technology Minister, the presidency has announced.
KaMagwaza-Msibi (52) will take her oath of office at a swearing-in ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria tomorrow.
The post was formerly held by Mike Masutha, who is now serving as justice minister in Zuma’s new Cabinet.
KaMagwaza-Msibi is one of six NFP members who earned themselves seats in the National Assembly after her party’s breakaway from the Inkatha Freedom Party in 2011. It contested its first general elections on May 7.
The NFP garnered 288 742 votes in the elections.
The party also won six seats in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.
KaMagwaza-Msibi formerly served as Zululand district municipality mayor. She was also IFP chairperson – from 2006 to 2011 – before the split.
Earlier this year, in the run-up to the elections, KaMagwaza-Msibi told supporters that the African National Congress, as well as the IFP, were scared by her party’s growth.
“These two political parties fear the NFP. They are threatened by the growth of the NFP. They fear that we may take over this province from them and they are using dirty barbaric tactics,” she reportedly said at the time.
» This story was updated after first published.