Premier: ANCWL backs Peggy

2013-08-27 00:00

KZN legislature Speaker Peggy Nkonyeni has made it onto the list of three names to be forwarded to the ANC’s national executive committee as possible replacements for outgoing premier Dr Zweli Mkhize.

She joins acting premier Senzo Mchunu and community safety MEC Willies Mchunu, according to several sources who attended a two-day PEC meeting in Howick that ended yesterday.

The ANC’s constitution provides that the party’s provincial executive committee must forward three names, in order of preference, to the NEC, which will then decide on the successful candidate.

Nkonyeni, the ANC KZN women’s league choice, pipped Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube, The Witness was told yesterday.

ANCWL PEC chairperson Celiwe Madlopha said out of all the capable women leaders within the league, Nkonyeni was chosen as the candidate.

“We have a pool of capable leaders in the league and our support went for comrade Nkonyeni.

“This doesn’t mean we have won because the ANCs NEC will still have to look at the names and take a decision on who to become premier,” said Madlopha.

“Comrade Nkonyeni is a tried and tested organic cadre of the movement. She understands the processes and culture of the movement so even if she doesn’t make it, this won’t affect her commitment to the organisation.

“The other two candidates are also dedicated and have always done their best in carrying out their duties.”

The league would support the decision of the party’s NEC.

Another member of the league’s PEC, who asked not to be named, said it would be a milestone if a woman candidate was chosen to become premier.

“I understand that comrades Senzo and Willies Mchunu are on the list and they have our support, but we cannot ignore the fact that our wishes are for our candidate comrade Peggy Nkonyeni to take the lead.”

Another source confirmed that the two Mchunus were on the list of three. As reported in The Witness on Friday, Senzo Mchunu’s appointment as caretaker premier from September 1, appears to be in the bag, with the view that ANC provincial leader in KZN, should be the premier in the run-up to the election and also be its premier-candidate for the 2013 provincial election.

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