Mchunu’s guns are out and blazing

2013-04-07 10:01

ANC chairperson in KZN will release Manase report and probe branch irregularities.

Newly elected ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Senzo Mchunu has two priorities for his first 30 days in office.

The first: Ensure the Manase report into alleged corruption and maladministration in the eThekwini Municipality by deployed ANC councillors and officials is released.

The second: Implement the findings of a commission, headed by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, into irregularities in ANC councillor elections in KwaZulu-Natal and elsewhere.

These two issues are among the largest elephants in the provincial ANC’s living room.

Both have embarrassed the party and both were discussed at the provincial general council meeting at which Mchunu (54) was elected by a narrow 12-vote margin over his deputy, Willies Mchunu – the two aren’t related – to replace outgoing chairperson Zweli Mkhize.

Mkhize, who remains the province’s premier, was elected ANC treasurer-general in December at the party’s Mangaung conference.

Mchunu, who is also the province’s education MEC, served a 10-year term as KwaZulu-Natal’s ANC secretary under three successive chairpersons – Jacob Zuma, S’bu Ndebele and Mkhize.

This week, Mchunu told City Press in an interview: “The Manase report should be released and it will be released. All we have to do is touch base with the leadership of the eThekwini region .?.?. and get it released.”

“With the Nkosazana report, we are tying the final knots.

“By the end of the month, we will have it finalised. I will be happy to see the back of these processes.”

Mchunu also believes the ANC’s relationship with the National Freedom Party – together they run the bulk of the province’s municipalities – needs to be clarified ahead of the poll.

“We are going into a general election campaign. We don’t want people to be confused about our relations with the National Freedom Party,” says Mchunu.

“The partnership is confined to local government from 2011 until the next local government election. In this coming election, there is no partnership. We are on our own.”

He was coy about the detail, but said much of his input would be on the need for “qualitative management” of the ANC.

“We need to be schooling people in the ANC tradition, its culture, the way it works. We also have to do work at an intellectual level.”

Is he excited about the new job?

“Not at all. It takes massive things to excite me. This is a revolutionary deployment. I’m doing the work of the organisation.”

Will he stand as premier?

“I don’t know what is in the minds of the national leadership of the ANC. They may be talking about this. They may not. We haven’t reached the stage where we are asked to submit the three names (the province’s choice as premier elect) as normally gets done. Whatever happens, ours is to work for the organisation, be it in government or not.”

The avid Arsenal, Kaizer Chiefs and Real Madrid fan, who loves swimming in the pool at his Empangeni home after a jog, is set to address his first full provincial executive committee meeting tomorrow.

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