MPL place for Zikalala

2015-11-18 06:00

THE axe will soon fall on an individual in the provincial legislature to pave the way for Sihle Zikalala’s entry to the institution, political analyst Xolani Dube said.

Zikalala’s weekend election as the ANC provincial chairperson has left him without a salary as the chairperson’s job is part-time, as opposed to the full-time job as secretary he previously occupied. ANC deputy provincial chairperson Willies Mchunu did not rule out the possibility of Zikalala being deployed to the legislature, saying only that such discussions had not taken place yet.

However, Dube was adamant that a reshuffle in the legislature was imminent.

“Zikalala is currently unemployed and needs a senior position. Whether at national or provincial level, someone must fall to pave the way for Zikalala. But I think they will deploy him in the provincial government. That’s a reality. The mere fact that for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla- Saphetha and Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo refused nomination as additional members in the provincial executive committee [PEC] is telling,” he said.

Dube said those who had lobbied for Zikalala were also on their way to the legislature.

“The new PEC members, most of whom are from the Zikalala camp, would also want to go to the legislature. So we will see a reshuffling of the heads of departments and the entire administration.”

As much as Zikalala might have called for unity in the party after his election, Dube was sceptical as to whether his lobbyists shared the same sentiments. Dube said he did not see the end of political slates used during ANC conferences coming soon.

Although President Jacob Zuma had spoken out against the phenomenon, delegates at the weekend conference nonetheless elected all those in Zikalala’s camp. Zuma had been elected through slate politics at both the 2007 Polokwane and 2012 Mangaung ANC conferences.

“Slates are not driven by hatred, but by interests. People vote for people they feel are easy to work with, not because they hate the other person. Slates have long been there in the ANC,” he said.

As the new provincial secretary, Super Zuma and his deputy Mluleki Ndobe said they would resign their positions as chairs of the Moses Mabhida and Harry Gwala regions respectively. Dube said he expected Zikalala’s allies to fill those positions.

He also expected Zikalala’s allies to have a strong hand going into the eThekwini region’s conference, which is expected to be held before the end of the year.

The odds were always stacked against Senzo Mchunu in the race for the ANC chairmanship in the province, says political analyst Xolani Dube.

Mchunu lost the position to Zikalala, a former close ally of his, at the weekend. As he squared off against the former Youth League leader, Mchunu went against the very people who had pushed for him to be elected chairperson in 2013.

Dube said he expected Mchunu to remain calm and loyal to the party.

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