The ANC has welcomed the appointment of Mxolisi Eric Xayiya as MEC for economic development in Gauteng while the DA has described it as “puzzling”.
Xayiya will replace Nkosiphendule Kolisile, who was recently killed in a car accident.
Xayiya takes office immediately, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said today.
He was previously chairperson of the Road and Transport subcommittee in the Gauteng legislature and is currently a member of the Oversight Committee on the Office of the Premier in the Legislature (OCPOL).
The ANC in Gauteng welcomed his appointment.
“He has a lot to offer, both in terms of his experience and commitment. He is a hard-working and dedicated cadre of the movement,” spokesperson Dumisa Ntuli said in a statement.
The DA described the appointment as a puzzling choice.
“He does not have a strong economics background, unlike his predecessor Nkosiphendule Kolisile,” DA Gauteng leader Jack Bloom said in statement.
“There are better-qualified people in the ANC for this position, so it is a political appointment dictated by the balance of power between Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile.”
Bloom said Xayiya had a daunting task ahead of him as the department’s job-creation efforts had mostly failed.
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