KZN premier snubs National Prayer Day

2016-05-22 12:17
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Durban – KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu will not be attending the National Prayer Day in Durban on Sunday because of another commitment, his spokesperson said.

Mchunu had asked Transport MEC and leader of government business, Willies Mchunu, to represent him, Ndabezinhle Sibiya said.

The MEC said Mchunu had asked him on Saturday night to stand in for him.

“He told me that he was held up and I agreed to execute his duties. I did not ask where he was going to be.”

Senzo Mchunu was reportedly about to be fired, a senior government official told News24 on Friday.

He was called into a meeting at the ANC's provincial offices in Durban on Friday and was told he had been axed, said the source in the Premier's office, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal.

"He was told that he bloated the staff at the office of the premier from 300 to 500. Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi also said he was interfering with her job. That is why he was axed."

He apparently had until Monday to hand in his resignation.

Willies Mchunu, who was tipped to be the new premier and was scheduled to be sworn in on Tuesday, said these were merely rumours. He also dismissed claims of a provincial cabinet reshuffle.

“I am not aware of a cabinet reshuffle and I cannot comment on those matters. I am just a transport MEC.”

A senior KwaZulu-Natal government official told News24 that the ANC called Mchunu and begged him to come to Sunday's event because journalists were waiting to see what would happen. Mchunu apparently refused.

President Jacob Zuma was expected to speak at the National Prayer Day at Kings Park Stadium later on Sunday. Almost three hours since it was scheduled to start at 09:00, people were still coming into the stadium. The 32 000-seater venue was still largely empty.

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