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Willies Mchunu sworn in as acting KZN Premier

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Transport and Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu, who’s also provincial African National Congress (ANC) Deputy Chairperson in the province, has been sworn in as acting premier of the province.

Mchunu will formally become premier when he is sworn in again at a session of the provincial legislature expected later this week.

On Monday, Senzo Mchunu stepped down as Premier after he was asked by the ANC to relinquish his position. ANC alliance partners in the province – the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have expressed shock at the decision by Senzo Mchunu to step down as Premier.

Party Provincial Chairperson Sihle Zikalala explains that his Deputy, Willies Mchunu will take the baton from Senzo Mchunu.

“It was also in the interest of the people of KwaZulu-Natal to have comrade Senzo as the premier and that was defined by the ANC. Even today it is the ANC that says comrade Willies should lead from where comrade Macingwane (Senzo Mchunu) has taken us to. It should be like the ANC is about an individual, each and every year, in fact every six months the ANC meets in the Lekgotla to assess on the implementation of policies and programmes.”

SACP and Cosatu in the province have expressed shock at the decision by Mchunu to step down. Both the SACP and Cosatu say they only learnt of the development through the media.

Cosatu in the province says it would have been better if the ANC had consulted them prior to the implementation of the decision. Provincial Secretary Edwin Mkhize says, “As Cosatu we were very much surprised that there is such a decision that has been taken by the ANC without properly engaging us and taking us through and preparing our minds for such a decision. So that came as a shock to us. So we want to reiterate as Cosatu we were not aware of such as decision because we were not properly consulted,” says Provincial Secretary Edwin Mkhize.

– By Vusi Makhosini

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