Work as usual for KZN premier, despite resignation rumours

2016-05-23 13:53
Senzo Mchunu. (File, Tebogo Letsie, Foto24)

Senzo Mchunu. (File, Tebogo Letsie, Foto24)

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Durban – KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu reported for work as usual on Monday morning, despite rumours that he was expected to resign after the ANC allegedly requested him to.

News24 has learnt that Mchunu was proceeding with his regular duties, which included attending meetings.

Monday is a day normally set aside to plan his diary for the week ahead, said a senior government official with intimate information about the resignation, but who asked to remain anonymous.

"He is in Empangeni. He will have a diary meeting today to plan for the week ahead."

The source said Mchunu had the full backing of his family, who have said they would support him no matter what decision he made.

"They told him that if he feels like it was time to go, then they will support his decision."

The source claimed that Mchunu had been told what to write in the resignation letter.

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"They told him to say that he is resigning because of family responsibility."

The source said it was his understanding that if Mchunu decided to resign on Monday, he would have to tender his resignation with KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Achmat Jappie, because he was sworn in by a judge president.

"He will have a press briefing later today, where he will inform the media about what transpired and what will happen going forward," said the source. 

Mchunu's spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya said the premier's schedule was usually issued on a Tuesday, and would be issued per this arrangement.

"Principals don't necessarily have to be in the office as they have engagements with stakeholders and communities across the province," said Sibiya.

ANC provincial spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli and provincial secretary Super Zuma were not immediately available to comment.

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