Premier does the inevitable

2016-05-24 11:53
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Pietermaritzburg - Premier Senzo Mchunu succumbed to ­pressure and resigned as the province’s premier on Monday.

Mchunu on Friday had been given an ­ultimatum by the Provincial Executive Committee to tender his resignation by Monday.

Since then Mchunu had gone to ground, missing two events that he was scheduled to attend over the weekend.

Political parties in the legislature said the writing had always been on the wall for Mchunu.

DA leader in the provincial legislature Sizwe Mchunu said that following the rumours that had been circulating on Friday, the premier’s resignation was “bound to happen”.

“Our view is that a lot has been broken in KZN but it cannot be fixed with a change in leadership. The KZN government has always lacked decisive leadership and it appears that this was an act of a political agenda,” he said.

Sizwe Mchunu said the premier’s resignation was a clear sign of a divided ANC. “The problems in KZN still remain, and we are not convinced that this change was to fix these problems.”

IFP leader in the provincial legislature ­Blessed Gwala said he hoped the impending cabinet reshuffle will be managed in the best interest of the province. “One needs to remember that when such a reshuffle occurs, there is a ripple effect that will impact on provincial and departmental policies as well as staff who are employed in the affected departments.

“Political uncertainty can also have negative economic implications,” he said.

NFP leader in the provincial legislature Vikizitha Mlotshwa said Zikalala’s taking of the seat to the right of the Speaker, a seat usually reserved for the premier, when he was sworn in as a member of the Provincial Legislature last year, was telling. “This will have a negative impact on the economic climate in the province.

“It will also cause political instability ahead of the local government elections as we have seen violent protests by ANC members in the past. This will also create tensions in the ­legislature because the new premier will ­announce his cabinet,” he said.

EFF chairperson in the province Vukani Ndlovu said he had seen the premier’s ­resignation ­coming.

“As soon as Zikalala’s camp ascended to power, they made it clear that they wanted to clean out all of those who were in the opposing camp.

“The worrying factor about this is that Mchunu was known for being against ­corruption,” he said.

Political analyst Xolani Dube said the ANC handled the matter well. “Recalling someone is a painful act, but this is normal in politics,” he said. Dube said he did not expect a major revolt within the ANC.

“Maybe for a month there will be tensions, but after that things will be back to normal.

“People have got responsibilities, they have to provide food for their families.

“They cannot stay loyal to the outgoing ­premier because he can no longer provide for them,” he said.

“As soon as Zikalala’s camp ascended to power, they made it clear they wanted to clean out all of those who were in the opposing camp. The worrying factor is that Mchunu was known for being against ­corruption,” he said.

Political analyst Xolani Dube said the ANC handled the matter well. “Recalling someone is a painful act, but this is normal in politics,” he said.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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