Mkhize safe as KZN premier

2013-03-24 10:00

Zweli Mkhize’s job as KwaZulu-Natal premier is safe, despite his election as ANC treasurer-general at Mangaung in December.

Mkhize’s replacement as the province’s ANC chairperson will be announced today after a three-day meeting of the party’s provincial general council.

But the three-day meeting did not discuss replacing him as premier because of his duties at Luthuli House.

Last night, the party’s electoral commission, led by national executive committee (NEC) member Dr Joe Paahla, was still counting votes for the two contenders to replace Mkhize as chair.

The men in the running are KwaZulu-Natal deputy chairperson Willies Mchunu and provincial executive committee (PEC) member Senzo Mchunu. The two arenot related.

The result of the contest was set to be announced in the early hours of today.

The 706 voting delegates also selected three new PEC members at the meeting to replace Mildred Olifant, Lungi Gcabashe and Ruth Bhengu, all of whom made the ANC’s NEC.

The contest for the three posts was between five candidates: MECs Mike Mabuyakhulu and Meshack Radebe, provincial legislature member Nhlakanipho Ntombela, and regional leaders Makhosi Ntuli and Dudu Mazibuko.

The names of the three successful candidates will be announced today.

Should Willies Mchunu win the race for chairperson, his seat as deputy will also be up for grabs.

At a mid-conference briefing yesterday, ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said there had been no discussion about Mkhize’s new role and its impact on his ability to do his job as premier.

“There has been no complaint about his ability and his availability to continue doing his work.”

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