Mkhize could not hold two posts: ANC

By Drum Digital
22 August 2013

Zweli Mkhize resigned as KwaZulu-Natal premier because he could not juggle two posts, ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said on Thursday. "His resignation as premier of KwaZulu-Natal will now afford him ample time and opportunity to concentrate on his functions and tasks as ANC treasurer general," said African National Congress spokesman Jackson Mthembu in a statement. "Between December 2012 and now, comrade Zweli has had to juggle between two positions, each with immense responsibilities, undoubtedly placing a strain on him as an individual." Mkhize was elected to the treasurer general post in December at the party's elective conference in Mangaung. A few months ago, he also stepped down as the party's KwaZulu-Natal chairman. He announced his resignation as premier on Thursday morning. "These resignations by comrade Zweli Mkhize are in adherence to our Constitution which stipulates that as treasurer general... he should be full-time at the ANC headquarters, Luthuli House," said Jackson. Mthembu thanked him for the "immeasurable role" he played as premier since 2009. "We are confident that comrade Zweli Mkhize will bring... diligence, commitment and the political astuteness that has always been his trademark [to Luthuli House]..."

Mthembu said the ANC executive committee in KwaZulu-Natal was tasked with identifying a new candidate for the premier post.

"The KZN ANC leadership will be expected to provide the national executive committee of the ANC with the names of three candidates from whom one will be selected..."

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