Senzo Mchunu elected new KZN premier

Johannesburg - Senzo Mchunu was elected premier of KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.

"Senzo Mchunu [received] 50 votes, Blessed Gwala 14 votes, [and] Sizwe Mchunu seven votes," said Ndabezinhle Sibiya, spokesperson for the office of the premier of KwaZulu-Natal.

Senzo Mchunu had been acting premier since former premier Zweli Mkhize stepped down at the end of August.

Gwala was nominated by the official opposition, the Inkatha Freedom Party, while the Democratic Alliance nominated its provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu.

Mkhize quit last month to be full-time African National Congress treasurer general.

After the election in the legislature, the new premier is customarily sworn in and makes his inaugural speech.

Opposition parties are also entitled to nominate a candidate for premier, but the ANC has a majority in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.

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