The ANC’s KwaZulu-Natal leadership has asked the national leadership for clarity on the fate of Premier Zweli Mkhize, ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Senzo Mchunu has confirmed.
Denying that they had decided to axe Mkhize as premier, Mchunu said the ANC provincial working committee had discussed the two roles being performed by Mkhize, who was elected ANC treasurer general at the party’s conference in Mangaung in December. They then wrote to the ANC NEC requesting clarity about whether or not Mkhize should move to Luthuli House ahead of the elections next year.
“There’s no such decision that we took. What we did as the PWC was we requested the NEC of the ANC to bring certainty around the position of the treasurer general of the ANC and the premier of KwaZulu-Natal so that it is not left uncertain and left to speculation,’’ Mchunu said.
The NEC was free to take any decision that the NEC sees fit to take without controversy.
“We will follow that directive as a province,’’ Mchunu said.
He said the leadership had then met Mkhize to brief him on the decision to request finality on the matter.
Mchunu made the comments at an ANC summit on governance in the province yesterday, which it has called to assess performance ahead of the campaign for next year’s election.
He told delegates, who included ANC deployees to government, that positions came with a responsibility to meet the expectations of the electorate.
“If you are in the legislature, in the executive of the province, in the regional executive committee you cannot take that role for granted,’’ he said. “You are expected to deliver on the expectations of the people out there. If you hold a position of power in a municipality you have to deliver. You need to be able to play your role in accordance with regulations and principles governing your areas of governance so that nothing derails at that time or later.’’
Mchunu said the coming election was “very important’’ and would be a test for the ANC’s performance over 20 years.
“This election will say what is the view of the majority of the people of South Africa of the ANC’s performance since 1994,’’ he said.
Mchunu said the ANC in the province had wanted to campaign ahead of the official launch, sparking the visit to KwaZulu-Natal by President Jacob Zuma on Friday.
His address to audiences in Umlazi, Folweni, Mandeni and Stanger focused on the ANC’s achievement since 1994, in particular the political change and the delivery on basic needs.
“There are a lot of people out there who are making noise. They talk about delivery. They have never delivered anything,’’ he told a small crowd in Umlazi.
“In rural areas, we now have water. That is delivery. In Nongoma, there is now electricity. That is delivery. We are opening universities in the last two provinces which had none. That is delivery,’’ he said.
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