‘Mchunu not moving to post as presidential adviser’

2013-09-02 00:00

THE Presidency yesterday dismissed reports that Community Safety and Liaison and Transport MEC Willies Mchunu would be vacating his provincial cabinet position to take up a post as an adviser in the presidency.

“The presidency wishes to correct media reports in some KwaZulu-Natal titles which stated that the MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Mr Willies Mchunu is to join the Presidency as special adviser on security to President Jacob Zuma,” spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

Maharaj said the reports on Mchunu’s redeployment were “incorrect and are without foundation”.

It was reported last week that Mchunu was tipped to be an adviser to Zuma on safety and security matters.

This, according to sources, was to pave way the way for Education MEC Senzo Mchunu to become KZN premier.

Party insiders also said the move was part of a plan to avoid a face-off between the two MECs and to ease tensions in the party ahead of next year’s general and provincial elections.

Senzo Mchunu is the acting premier pending the announcement of a successor to premier Zweli Mkhize.

Ndabezitha Sibiya, a spokesperson in the office of the premier, said Senzo Mchunu was sworn in as the acting premier on Saturday.

“He is the acting premier until the processes are completed,” Sibiya said referring to the ANC’s process to nominate a caretaker premier.

Mkhize announced he would step down on August 31 to become the treasurer-general on a full-time basis at Luthuli House in Johannesburg. He delivered his last speech and farewell at the special sitting of the legislature on Thursday where King Goodwill Zwelithini donated a beast for a special lunch in honour of Mkhize.

The ANC national executive committee (NEC) was last week given the names of Senzo Mchunu, Willies Mchunu and Legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni.

The ANC in the province had to forward the three names in order of preference to the NEC in line with its constitution.

Provincial spokesperson Senzo Mkhize referred questions to the national office for comment.

National spokespersons Jackson Mthembu and Keith Khoza were unavailable for comment.

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