Choreographed power handover

2013-08-23 00:00

ONE of Zweli Mkhize’s last acts as premier of the province took place in a large executive boardroom in the Marine Building in central Durban yesterday.

At a carefully orchestrated press conference, Mkhize handed over power to Senzo Mchunu until August 27 — but party insiders confirmed that Mchunu will become the next premier while Mkhize takes up the role of ANC

treasurer-general.

Until 8 am, the announcement had been carefully guarded, but when reporters entered the boardroom the Oath of Office bearing Mchunu’s name was on the table in front of the seats reserved for Judge President Chiman Patel and Mchunu.

Mkhize, appearing stoic, walked into the room after 9 am, followed by MECs Willies Mchunu and Mike Mabuyakhulu, as an air of expectancy descended over the crowd of journalists.

He said he had an important announcement regarding the two roles he had been juggling since December.

“After carefully considering the workload associated with my two responsibilities, I have come to the conclusion that I need to spend more time fulfilling my responsibilities as the treasurer-general [T-G] of the ANC.

“I have served as the full-time premier since 2009 and I have served as T-G on a part-time basis since my election in Mangaung in December 2012.

“It is clear to me that responsibilities associated with being the T-G require more attention and therefore I can no longer serve as the premier.

Mkhize said he believed that KZN would remain a stable and successful province with the ANC at the helm.

A jovial Mchunu said he was confident that the change of leadership would not affect the stability of the province ahead of next year’s elections.

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