Premier Mchunu set to be axed

2016-05-23 11:46
KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu

KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu (File)

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Pietermaritzburg - Premier Senzo Mchunu has apparently gone to ground since news broke out on Friday that he is set to be axed by the ANC.

Mchunu did not show up at two events he was scheduled to attend over the weekend, fuelling speculation that he was on his way out.

Yesterday, Mchunu was billed to deliver the welcoming remarks at the National Prayer Day hosted in Durban, which was attended by President Jacob Zuma.

However, it was Transport MEC Willies Mchunu, who has been tipped as the next premier, who delivered the welcome.

Mchunu’s spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya said the premier had other commitments.

“He asked the Transport MEC and leader of government business Willies Mchunu to represent him,” he said.

The premier also did not attend the Workers’ Parliament hosted at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre, Port Shepstone, on Saturday.

Weekend Witness reported that Mchunu was served with a letter on Friday, giving him an ultimatum to resign by today or face the humiliation of being recalled.

The ANC and premier’s office would not confirm or deny the rumours, but six sources in the ANC and in the provincial government all said that Mchunu’s days as the KZN premier were over.

Mchunu has been barely clinging on to the premier’s seat since last year’s ANC conference, where he lost the position of provincial chairperson to Sihle Zikalala.

Sources said several senior members of his cabinet would also be booted out when the provincial cabinet is expected to be reshuffled tomorrow.

Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni, Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu‚ Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Cyril Xaba, and Arts and Culture MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha will apparently become casualties of the purge of those who supported Mchunu’s unsuccessful bid to be re-elected the ANC provincial chairperson.

Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, Sihle Zikalala, Mthandeni Dlungwane and Bongiwe Sithole have been tipped to replace the four.

The DA said the news came as no surprise as the party had long believed that the premier was more preoccupied with internal factional battles than delivering services.

“For too long ANC factional battles have been allowed to destabilise the province. Violent protests have ensued that have that have led to the damaging of property and service delivery being halted,” the DA said in a statement.


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