Senzo voted KZN ANC chair

2013-03-25 00:00

NEWLY elected KwaZulu-Natal ANC provincial chairperson Senzo Mchunu’s focus is to focus on attaining 70% of votes in the province in the 2014 general elections.

“We are facing an election campaign as we step out of this hall. It requires maximum discipline and maximum unity, we dare not fail,” Mchunu said on the last day of the provincial general council (PGC) in Durban yesterday.

This was after a fierce contest with Transport MEC Willies Mchunu, whom he edged by 12 votes.

Senzo Mchunu won by 385 votes to 373 garnered by Willies Mchunu, who remains deputy chairperson.

The PGC was called, among other things, to fill the vacancy for chairperson left by Zweli Mkhize when he became the ANC’s treasurer-general.

As one of its resolutions, the PGC decided to consolidate the ANC support in the province in the next year’s elections.

Delivering the PGC declaration, provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the provincial ANC wanted to increase its support to at least 70% in the forthcoming elections.

“The election campaign of the ANC starts here and today. We are to criss-cross the province and mobilise the people to vote for the ANC in 2014,” he said.

“It is task of all members of ANC. We are saying 70% , nothing less than that,” he said to applause from the delegates.

The ANC support in KZN was 62,9% in 2009, up from 46,98% in 2004.

an ANC deployee to the province, Joe Phaahla, said the national leadership was confident that the province would fare well under Mchunu.

Mchunu said the KZN ANC was up to the challenge not only to meet the target, but exceed it.

“The KZN ANC that I have always known, having risen from 32% [in 1994] to where we are today, of course, should be able get to that level,” he said.

However, Mchunu said unity was critical to the KZN ANC.

“It is extremely important that we submit ourselves as individual members of the ANC and within structures to the fundamental principle of unity.”

He downplayed his contest with the Transport MEC, saying there had been no battle between them. “Even if Willies were not an Mchunu, there would have been no battle. Branches expressed themselves in terms of their choices in leadership and did so without fear of whatever issue that may arise later,” Mchunu said.

The Mchunus were nominated by branches and neither of them had been willing to step down despite attempts at persuasion by some leaders.

The new chairperson described Willies Mchunu as an “honest comrade” and did not forsee any acrimony arising from the contest.

On Mkhize remaining the premier, Mchunu said he would hold onto that position with the ANC being the centre of power.

“All I want to do is to strengthen that collectiveness and strengthen the ability of the ANC to give space to individuals to shine even if they outshine the chairperson. As long we do it for the ANC, I have no problem.”

Mchunu has set his sights on ensuring that branches are better organised and said KZN has a vibrant ANC Youth League.

“The YL brings vibrancy, militancy, new thinking. We need it while the ANC moulds the league as future leaders.”

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