DA glad Willies is leaving

2013-08-30 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal has reacted with glee to reports that Community Safety and Liaison, and Transport MEC Willies Mchunu was tipped to vacate his provincial cabinet post to become President Jacob Zuma’s adviser on safety and security matters.

DA provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu said his party welcomed Mchunu’s departure.

“He has not been on top of his game and is a politician, who while adept at sod-turning, has failed as an MEC to hold the SAPS accountable to communities on standards of service delivery,” Mchunu said.

He also said crime in KZN had shown no sign of improvement.

“Certainly, there have not been any major initiatives during 2013 to crush this scourge. Instead, successful anti-drug units have been shut down despite the strong link between substance abuse and violent crime,” Mchunu said.

He said he was hopeful that the new MEC would be better.

“Crime is an issue that affects each and every citizen in our province and it must be treated with the seriousness it deserves. The acting premier must bear this in mind when he appoints a replacement.”

The Witness reported yesterday that Mchunu’s deployment would pave the way for Senzo Mchunu to become KwaZulu-Natal premier.

Sources said the move formed part of the plan to avoid a face-off between the two MECs and to ease tensions between competing factions in the ANC’s strongest province, ahead of next year’s general and provincial elections.

The report came a week after Premier Zweli Mkhize announced he would step down tomorrow to become ANC treasurer-general on a full-time basis at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

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