Senzo Mchunu resigns as KZN premier

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Premier Senzo Mchunu has announced that he is stepping down as the leader of the province.

Mchunu made the announcement at his Empangeni home on Monday that he was complying with the call by the National Working Committee of the African National Congress to vacate office and consider redeployment.

Mchunu says he is still going to decide whether to accept the redeployment to the national assembly as suggested by the committee.

Disgruntled KZN African National Congress (ANC) supporters, who were backing Senzo Mchunu’s faction during last year’s ANC KZN conference, were demanding a re-run of the leadership elections.

During the recent conference, Sihle Zikalala‘s camp swept all positions.

These included that of deputy chairperson, provincial secretary, deputy provincial secretary and treasurer.

The disgruntled supporters claimed results of the elections appeared on Twitter while voting was still underway. They also claimed some non-voting delegates who were accredited as staff members were seen casting votes during the conference.

It was then decided that Mchunu remain premier of the province. Mchunu’s resignation comes after he did not attend the National Prayer Day on Sunday in Durban amidst persistent rumours that he was about to be axed.

In a statement released by his office, it was said that Mchunu would not attend as he had other commitments and had asked Transport MEC, Willies Mchunu, to represent him.

Rumours were rife on Friday that the he was about to be fired. He attended a high-level meeting where he was reportedly told that he had bloated staff in his office and interfered with the jobs of MECs.

Willies Mchunu is tipped to be the new premier.



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