Shuffle not the solution

2016-06-08 14:01
KwaZulu-Natal ANC Chairman Sihle Zikalala. Picture: TEBOGO LETSIE

KwaZulu-Natal ANC Chairman Sihle Zikalala. Picture: TEBOGO LETSIE

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Pietermaritzburg - Addressing issues of deployment alone would not bring about unity and cohesion in the province, the SA Communist Party has told its alliance partner the ANC.

The SACP was responding to the “not properly managed” appointment of its provincial secretary Themba Mthembu as the new Agriculture and Rural Development MEC.

In a surprise appointment, Mthembu, a big critic of provincial ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala, was appointed to the position previously held by Cyril Xaba.

Mthembu was only told about his appointment on Monday morning.

His appointment was announced while he was still in the process of consulting the SACP.

While Sihle Zikalala, Mxolisi Kaunda, Mthandeni Dlungwane and Bongi Sithole-Moloi were being sworn in by Premier Willies Mchunu yesterday, Mthembu had still not confirmed whether he would take up the position.

Only at midday, during a media briefing, did provincial SACP treasurer Nomarashiya Caluza confirm that Mthembu would be become the new Agriculture MEC.

The confirmation came amid reports of pressure from the SACP youth wing, the Young Communist League, which publicly said Mthembu should not accept the deployment.

Caluza said the party’s officials had held a bilateral meeting with the ANC yesterday morning and put forward their conditions for accepting the appointment.

These include:

“A comprehensive inclusive alliance process to build and consolidate unity in the movement, including reaching out to comrades affected by factionalism and orchestrated political divisions, as well as the flouting of organisational processes during the nominations of councillor candidates;

“Addressing hotspots and reaching out to communities that are aggrieved and intervening decisively on the challenges they face;

“A commitment to an alliance-driven programme to deal with factionalism in the province; and

“Joint alliance efforts and programmes to address tensions that have resulted in killings of our comrades.”

The SACP reiterated its stance that it does not support a reshuffling of the cabinet, especially with the local government elections approaching.

Meanwhile, two MECs who received their marching others on Monday, Mike Mabuyakhulu and Peggy Nkonyeni, have resigned from the legislature.

Mabuyakhulu, who had served as an MEC for 17 years, told News24 it was time to hand over the baton to someone who would bring fresh ideas.

Nkonyeni is understood to be heading into the private sector.

Earlier this year, then premier Senzo Mchunu had told Nkonyeni to stop studying and focus on plans to turn around the poor matric performance in the province.

Nkonyeni was studying towards an MBA at the time, hoping to go into business after politics.



Bongi Sithole-Moloi: MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture

The controversial former uMgungundlovu District mayor was axed from her position after her own party, the ANC, passed a vote of no confidence.

The Witness reported at that time that there was a default judgment granted against her for not paying over R26 000 to an exclusive fashion boutique in Musgrave Centre, Durban.

In 2006, a forensic inquiry into council’s decision to give R1,3 million to the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) KZN, was initiated. The money was allegedly paid on the instruction of former councillor Lucky Moloi, Sithole-Moloi’s husband.

Sihle Zikalala: MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

The new chairperson of the ANC in the province, is the former general secretary of the party’s Youth League. He later became the ANC’s provincial deputy secretary and ascended to become the provincial secretary.

Mthandeni Dlungwane:
MEC for Education

The 39-year-old Dlungwane has risen through the ranks in the ANC.

He joined the Gedleyihlekisa branch in KwaNxamalala, near Sweetwaters, in 1990 when he was only 14 years old.

In 1998, Dlungwane was elected to the regional executive committee of the ANC Youth League’s Moses Mabhida Region, becoming the provincial deputy chairperson of the league 10 years later, before being elected chairperson in 2010.

He was part of the ANC Youth League provincial executive committee disbanded in 2011 by Julius Malema for supporting President Jacob Zuma to be re-elected ANC president at the 2012 Mangaung conference. Dlungwane had served on the ANC’s provincial executive committee prior to the provincial conference held in November.

Prior to his new appointment, he was chairperson of the Sports and Recreation portfolio committee in the provincial legislature.

He is the ANC’s Moses Mabhida region chairperson, taking up the position previously held by current secretary general Super Zuma.

Themba Mthembu:
MEC of Agriculture and Rural Development

He is currently the South African Communist Party’s provincial secretary. Prior to his appointment, he served as the chairperson of the Agriculture and Rural Development portfolio committee.

Mxolisi Kaunda:
MEC of Transport

He is the former provincial chairperson of the Youth League. Prior to his new appointment, he was the chairperson of the Transport portfolio committee. — WR.

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