SACP backs Senzo Mchunu to remain KZN premier

2014-05-19 14:53

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Current KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu has received the backing of the SA Communist Party (SACP) in the province.

At a press conference in Durban today, SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu said that while it accepted that the appointment of provincial premiers was the president’s prerogative, the SACP saw no reason to change the premier.

“The SACP sees no need to change the premier in the province as he has just been in that position for eight months and nothing adverse has been committed by him to warrant replacement.”

Mchunu was appointed to the position after former premier Zweli Mkhize stepped down to become national treasurer of the ANC on a fulltime basis last August.

Mthembu said the decision to back Mchunu had been reached over the weekend at a provincial executive committee meeting.

The SACP had noted during the election that minorities had moved their support away from the ruling ANC and this was a matter for concern.

“We are deeply concerned about this happening and we always have to grapple with the fact that minorities find it difficult to accept the leadership of the ANC.”

He said whereas the two major coloured communities in Durban – Wentworth and Sydenham – had historically been pro-ANC, in the May 7 election, they had backed the DA.

“They have moved en masse to the DA. We need to find the right formula and engage with those communities. This is eating into us.”

He said the SACP in the province would like to see the provincial government implement policies in the next five years that were more biased towards the poor.

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