KZN ANC mum on leaders’ future

2015-11-25 10:14
KZN ANC Chairperson Sihle Zikalala. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

KZN ANC Chairperson Sihle Zikalala. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - The newly elected provincial ANC leadership will not disclose the long-term future of either party leader Sihle Zikalala, or sitting premier Senzo Mchunu.

At a press conference held at its Durban headquarters yesterday, provincial secretary Super Zuma would not be drawn to comment on a possible reshuffle within the provincial cabinet to accommodate Zikalala.

Speculation has been rife that Mchunu was precariously placed after losing the provincial chairmanship of the party to Zikalala earlier this month.

All Zuma would confirm was that Zikalala would be placed in the KZN Legislature as an ordinary MPL. He would take the seat of Zuma, who had to resign on accepting the position of provincial secretary.

“Zikalala will be deployed [to the legislature]. What happens in the future is a bridge we will cross [at a later stage],” said Zuma.

He said the newly appointed provincial working committee — consisting of party stalwarts Maggie Govender, Mxolisi Kaunda and Lydia Johnson — would be tasked with meeting the premier and his executive to convey to them the “expectation” of the new ANC leadership.

“There may be some issues prioritised which may not have been prioritised by the previous leadership. There will be no change in terms of our policies as we all belong to the ANC,” said Zuma.

He said the party would not discuss the contents of a letter sent to his office by Mchunu, in which the premier distanced himself from a recent march through Durban. The marchers, Mchunu’s supporters, demanded a re-run of the elective conference and handed over a memorandum to the party.

Zuma said the ANC eThekwini branch, the largest ANC region in the country and whose three attempts at elections this year were marred by infighting, would sit again in December.

He added that they would meet with the party’s alliance partners to put to rest any tensions. The focus for the ANC now was to work towards the 2016 municipal elections, he said.

• jonathan.erasmus@witness.co.za

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