Mkhize under attack from ANCYL

2011-10-03 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL premier and provincial ANC chairperson Zweli Mkhize came under attack from the ANC Youth League national leadership yesterday for taking part in the succession debate and “always voicing his support for President Jacob Zuma”, although the subject has been banned by the ANC.

Addressing the media in Durban yesterday, ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola called on the ANC to open the succession debate.

“We have noted developments and that succession debate is only open here in KZN. The ANC must be consistent on succession debate. It cannot be closed all over the country and be open only in KZN. There are characters in the ANC like the provincial chairperson, who always voice his support for president Zuma …,” Lamola said.

ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa echoed Lamola’s concerns. He said that Mkhize, a member of the ANC’s national executive committee, addressed the party’s Harry Gwala regional conference (Sisonke district) in Kokstad at the weekend, where a big banner stating “Zuma for president 2012” was displayed.

“That’s a succession debate and it’s worrying us. He continued with the congress with that banner,” said Magaqa.

Mkhize’s spokesperson, Ndabezinhle Sibiya, said Mkhize insists that the debate on succession has not started yet.

“The premier did not see the banner, but on his way back to Durban he was informed that there was such a banner on display. He immediately phoned the chairperson of the programme and requested him to caution the members against such conduct as he felt that it was improper and could derail the conference from achieving its objectives,” Sibiya said.

As for allegations that Mkhize declares his support for Zuma, Sibiya said, “The premier has always emphasised the need to support all leaders of the ANC, both in government and those who are not. He has always refuted allegations that he is involved in a plot to oust the president because such allegations are mischievous.”

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