Durban - The Democratic Alliance, which became the official opposition in KwaZulu-Natal for the first time following the May 7 elections, on Wednesday announced what it called its “shadow provincial cabinet”.
DA provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu, who led the party in the legislature prior to the elections, would become the leader of the official opposition.
The Inkatha Freedom Party had been the official opposition, but with a drop in their support they last half of their 18 seats. The DA secured 10 seats in the legislature and became the official opposition.
Mchunu was elected to the legislature in 2009 and has led the party since 2011.
He would serve on the KwaZulu-Natal premier and royal household, public accounts (Scopa), and public works portfolio committees.
The party's chief whip would be Mark Steele, who would serve on the (standing committee on public accounts (Scopa), economic development and tourism, the standing committee on oversight, and the legislature's rules committees.
Other Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs) were George Mari, Mbali Ntuli, Francois Rodgers, Hlanganani Gumbi, Ann McDonnell, Dr Imran Keeka, Rafeek Shah, and Dr Rishigen Viranna. Mergan Chetty would be the party's National Council of Provinces delegate.
At 25 years old, Empangeni-born Gumbi is thought to be the youngest person to ever be elected to the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.