Presidency denies Mkhize posting

2012-01-20 17:45
Johannesburg - The presidency has denied that KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize was in line to be appointed ambassador to New Zealand.

"The rumours and reports are false, unfounded, and mischievous. The president is not about to, and has also not appointed the premier as an ambassador to anywhere in the world," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement on Friday.

"He has also never had a discussion about a diplomatic posting with Premier Mkhize. The stories and rumours are a complete fabrication."

Independent Online reported earlier this month that Mkhize denied rumours he would take up a diplomatic post in New Zealand.

"I'm in this term [as premier]. I'll finish this term, full stop," he told the website.

According to the report, Mkhize sought to quell speculation about a fallout between him and the president.

"There's never ever been such a problem. Never. I was never part of any plot [to oust the president], that's number one," Mkhize said.

"Number two, there’s never been even a word between myself and the president [of the plot]... we continue to support the president and his entire team."

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