Is KZN premier on his way out?

2016-05-20 18:10
KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairman Senzo Mchunu. Picture: Tebogo Letsie

KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairman Senzo Mchunu. Picture: Tebogo Letsie

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Durban - The Office of the Premier in KwaZulu-Natal could not confirm or deny on Friday whether Premier Senzo Mchunu had been giving his marching orders.

In a statement, spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya said: "Our standing policy as the Office of the Premier is that we don't comment on matters of deployment."

This came as rumours abounded on Friday that there would be a KwaZulu-Natal cabinet reshuffle, with Mchunu getting the axe.

Sources told News24 that Mchunu was called into a meeting earlier on Friday where he was briefed about being removed as premier.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.

News24 reported previously that the ANC in the province had quashed rumours as far back as March that Mchunu would be recalled and that there was a looming cabinet reshuffle in the province. 

Addressing the media at the ANC's offices in Durban at the time, provincial secretary Super Zuma said: "During elections time we normally do assessments of councillors and public representatives. We are now in the process of assessing our provincial departments – maybe that is what sparked the rumours," he said.

He said a reshuffle wasn't on the cards.

"We do not know where those rumours come from because we have never taken any decision in the ANC about any reshuffle."

A rumour that Mchunu would be recalled was raised in the lead up to the party's provincial conference, which saw former provincial secretary, Sihle Zikalala, ascend to the position of provincial chairperson.

Those in Mchunu’s faction challenged the outcome of the conference.

Mchunu refused to entertain the rumours.

During a media briefing after the State of the Province Address, he was asked to respond to calls of a cabinet reshuffle.

At the time he said: "The ANC, both national and provincial, handle those matters. For us at this stage, is to focus on our work."

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