DA elects Mchunu as its leader in KZN legislature

2011-07-22 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance leader in KwaZulu-Natal, Sizwe Mchunu, has been elected leader of the DA in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature.

The party’s chief whip in the legislature, Radley Keys, announced the appointment in a statement yesterday.

Keys said Mchunu (32) was the unanimous choice to head the party in the legislature.

“The move sees the no-nonsense politician assume the dual role of DA provincial leader and legislature leader,” said Keys.

Commenting on his appointment, Mchunu said he was both honoured and humbled by the confidence his colleagues and the party have shown for him.

“I thank my two immediate predecessors, Roger Burrows and John Steenhuisen, for their strong leadership qualities. They have left a great challenge for me — a challenge that I am more than ready to take up.

“I take on the leadership of the DA in the legislature well aware of the magnitude of the faith and trust that voters have placed in our party.

“I will continue to marshal the course mandated to the DA by our supporters — to hold the governing party accountable and to fight corruption in our province.

“The party’s growth during the recent local government elections has delivered a renewed mandate to the DA in KZN to be vanguards for democracy and to present well-researched and tried and tested alternatives for our province,” said Mchunu.

Born and bred in Imbali in Pietermaritzburg, Mchunu was first elected a councillor in 2000, earning the DA’s councillor of the year award in 2003 and later a top graduate award through the DA leadership academy. He has also served as DA chief whip in the KZN Youth Parliament.

He has been the DA caucus leader within the uMgungundlovu District Municipality and has served as provincial DA youth chairperson, regional vice chairperson of the DA in the midlands and national media and communications officer.

He has also served as a DA chief whip in Msunduzi Municipality.

— Witness Reporter.

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