Kiviet sworn in as Eastern Cape Premier

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pretoria - Outgoing Eastern Cape Legislature Speaker, Noxolo Kiviet, has been officially sworn-in as the new Premier in the province.

Her appointment to the post of the province's fifth premier since 1994, was announced on Monday by African National Congress (ANC) Secretary- General Gwede Mantashe.

Ms Kiviet, who takes over from Mbulelo Sogoni, is a prominent member of the ruling party and has been the provincial legislature speaker from 2004.

She will be one of the new five women premiers in the country's provinces. Ms Kiviet will join Gauteng's newly elected premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Northern Cape's Premier-elect Hazel Jenkins, North West Premier-elect Maureen Modiselle and the Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

Other new appointed premiers announced by the ruling party were Zweli Mkhize who will take charge in KwaZulu-Natal, Cassel Mathale for Limpopo and David Mabuza has been appointed as the Mpumalanga premier-elect.

Ms Kiviet will later today announce the new provincial Members of the Executive Committee (MEC) who will also be sworn-in to serve in the next five year term of the provincial government.

As the swearing in of premiers got underway in the provincial legislatures across the country, 400 members of Parliament were being sworn in by Chief Justice Pius Langa in Cape Town.

Parliament's National Assembly (NA) is meeting for the first time to swear-in its new members, elect its Presiding Officers and elect the President of the Republic.