Two centres of power after big ANC vote for Zikalala

2015-11-09 13:07
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Pietermaritzburg - The appointment of Sihle Zikalala as the provincial chairman of the ANC has led to a conundrum for his party — who don’t know how best to deploy him now.

Over the weekend, the former Youth League leader defeated the outgoing chairman and premier of the province Senzo Mchunu with 780 votes to Mchunu’s 675. With the conference having been officially concluded at the Royal Showgrounds, the focus now turns to Zikalala’s next move. Zikalala previously occupied the position of provincial secretary, which is a full-time job, and it made sense that the ANC did not deploy Zikalala to a provincial government role.

However, having now been elected to a part-time job as chairman, it remains to be seen whether the ANC provincial leadership would deploy him to a government position.

ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) convenor Joe Phaahla said “it was entirely up to the provincial leadership to decide how to best utilise Zikalala”.

Phaahla said it was possible that Zikalala could be sent to the public sector.

Zikalala had previously served as Mchunu’s deputy secretary when Mchunu was still the provincial secretary.

Speaking about Zikalala’s victory resulting in two centres of power, Phaahla said it was not foreign to the ANC.

He said the same situation exists in Gauteng, where David Makhura is the premier and Paul Mashatile is the chairman. Zikalala acknowledged that lobbying might have caused divisions, but called for unity in the party.

“Remember comrades, that there is nobody who won, it is the ANC that won,” he said.

Zikalala’s close ally, Willies Mchunu, retained his position for a third consecutive term as the deputy chairperson, Moses Mabhida region chairperson Super Zuma was elected as provincial secretary, Harry Gwala region chairperson Mluleki Ndobe was elected as the new deputy secretary, while former deputy secretary Nomusa Dube-Ncube was elected as the new treasurer.

The results of the elections were announced yesterday morning after voting was closed at 2.30 am.

The process of nominating and voting, which had been scheduled to start on Friday afternoon, was delayed by stringent checks of credentials of the delegates.

There were allegations of duplication of accreditation tags and regional chairpersons were asked to verify the correct delegates.

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