Mchunu backed to replace Mkhize

2013-03-11 00:00

TRANSPORT MEC Willies Mchunu seems to have the backing of the chairperson of the ANC’s powerful eThekwini region to replace Premier Zweli Mkhize.

In a rally to honour the late SA Communist Party stalwart, Moses Mabhida, in Richmond yesterday, regional chairperson Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo reminded hundreds of delegates that when Mkhize was elected as provincial chairperson at a conference in Newcastle, Willies ­Mchunu was elected his deputy.

Dhlomo and Mchunu are the MECs respectively for Health and for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison.

Mchunu is also a former chairperson of the SACP in KwaZulu-Natal.

“Speaking as the chairperson of the ANC in the eThekwini region, seven months ago we elected our leadership in Newcastle. When it seemed we would lose Mkhize to national as treasurer, it was suggested that Mchunu should also be in the NEC of the ANC and we said ‘no’ because we did not want the office of the chairperson to be without anyone.

“We should not act like we are confused comrades; we have a chairperson,” he said to loud applause from the packed tent.

Mchunu and Senzo Mchunu, MEC for Education, are alleged to be front runners to replace Mkhize, who has been elected to the top six of the ANC in Luthuli House as treasurer. Whoever is elected chairperson is also likely to be elected the premier.

Cosatu’s provincial deputy chairman, John Dlamini, also put in a spirited bid for Mchunu to replace Mkhize, adding that alliance members should also go to the ANC PGC this month to influence the decision.

“We will be going there to influence their decision so we can protect our interest. What is wrong with going there to protect our interest?”

Dlamini warned that alliance members would not sit idly by while Mchunu was being maligned with malicious rumours to prevent him from taking up the position.

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