Despite those challenges, Zikalala said his tenure had been a success on which the incoming provincial cabinet could build.
“When we started this term, only two departments had attained clean audits. Today, as we depart, the premier’s office has attained its first clean audit in history. In addition, six other departments received cleans audits.
“Notwithstanding the bureaucracy that exist within state institutions, we have laid a firm foundation to fight and eliminate corruption. We acted swiftly against reports of corruption even at the premier’s office, hence a number of suspended officials and ongoing criminal cases,” he said.
“One of the strategic tasks we set for ourselves was to ensure economic growth, distribution and creation of jobs. In this regard, we can report that we managed to stop the exodus of disinvestment and encourage expansion of existing companies. The growth in Dube Trade Port and Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone are some evidence,” he added.
Zikalala is expected to be succeeded by finance MEC Nomusa Dube Ncube.