President Jacob Zuma’s ally and former Transport‚ Community Safety and Liaison MEC Thembinkosi Willies Mchunu is now the new KZN Premier.
This appointment of a new KZN Premier follows the axing of Senzo Mchunu which was confirmed as he submitted his resignation letter amid rumors that he will soon be sacked.
A tweet by United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa @BantuHolomisa‚ says “Breaking News: #WilliesMchunu appointed new KZN Premier”.
Thembinkosi Willies Mchunu was announced as the man to replace Senzo as KwaZulu-Natal premier on Monday night. The party said he was chosen to occupy the post for his “seniority‚ experience and skills demonstrated over many years of service in government and our movement in general“.
Formerly a devout ally of President Jacob, Senzo Mchunu confirmed rumors that he will soon be axed as he announced his resignation on Monday afternoon following a meeting with provincial leadership on Friday during which he was given his walking orders.
Though they bear the same last name, the two Mchunus are not in any way related to each other and this is definitely not the first time the two men are switching posts. In 2013‚ Senzo Mchunu defeated Willies Mchunu in a close vote for the position of ANC chairman at the party’s provincial general council.
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In November last year‚ Senzo Mchunu lost his seat as provincial chairman to Sihle Zikhalala which led to open campaigns by Zikhalala’s supporters to remove him as premier.
Zikalala is a known ally of the president with his camp which includes Zandile Gumede as chairwoman of the eThekwini region with 103 branches.
Other members of Senzo Mchunu’s cabinet who were expected to be cut with the ax alongside their master were lucky to escape with their positions intact.