Mkhize to remain Premier ‘for now’

2013-01-23 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Premier Zweli Mkhize will keep his job as the head of the provincial government “for now”.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said Mkhize’s position as party leader and three other posts in the provincial leadership would be filled at a provincial general council.

Mkhize was elected ANC treasurer-general at the party’s national conference in Mangaung last month and is now one of the top six officials in its national executive committee (NEC).

Also elected to the NEC were Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele and former ANC Womens’ League chairperson Lungi Gcabashe.

Zikalala said that although Mkhize would step down as provincial chairperson, he would remain head of the KZN government.

“The premier remains, for now, Zweli Mkhize. The province cannot determine whether we change the premier or not because that will be the responsibility of the NEC,” Zikalala said.

He said the role of provinces was to nominate three candidates for premier to the national leadership whenever there was a vacancy.

“We have not reached a point where we see that there is a need to replace the premier. We have not discussed that issue. The only people who can discuss that issue, if it is really necessary, are the national working committee, perhaps,” Zikalala said.

Echoing Zikalala, deputy secretary Nomusa Dube said: “We are saying now there is no vacancy.”

Zikalala said whoever became the new provincial chair was not guaranteed to become premier.

He played down fears that there would be problems with respect to “two centres of power” if a new provincial chair was elected and Mkhize remained the premier.

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