No progress on Mkhize’s replacement

2013-01-22 00:00

THE ANC is no closer to finding the man or woman who will replace Zweli Mkhize as provincial chairperson and KwaZulu-Natal premier.

ANC regions said they are waiting for party bosses to give them the go-ahead to start discussing Mkhize’s successor.

Mkhize was elected the party’s treasurer-general at the Mangaung conference in December, which is a full-time post.

A decision on his future will be made at an anticipated provincial general council (PGC) meeting in the near future.

“It’s a provincial matter so we can’t, as a region, have a position yet,” Lower South Coast regional secretary Mzwandile Mkhwanazi said.

Ethekwini regional secretary Bheki Ntshangase said the same.

“There is no discussion yet. It is difficult for us as a region to discuss a provincial matter as if a tail leads the head.”

Their comments follow remarks by provincial executive committee member Senzo Mchunu in a weekend paper.

He had said a date to finalise the appointment was still pending.

Mchunu added that the planned PGC would be held from next month, but indicated it would be desirable to create leadership certainty beyond February.

“There must be a firm person at the top who personifies leadership in the province — because before we know it, we will have to get out and campaign [for the 2014 general elections],” he said, adding that a cabinet reshuffle was on the cards.

Mchunu broke ranks with the ruling party, which in the past weeks avoided all talk about Mkhize’s fate, saying only that he would continue holding the three positions.

Mchunu is a likely successor, as is deputy provincial secretary and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube.

• mayibongwe.maqhina@witness.co.za

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