The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Senzo Mchunu has announced his resignation and plans to step down from his position as the leader of the province.
According to the announcement made by the premier at his Empangeni home on Monday, the decision to resign was in compliance with the call by the National Working Committee of the African National Congress to vacate his office and consider redeployment to the National Assembly.
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However, Senzo Mchunu says he is yet to decide whether to accept the redeployment to the national assembly as suggested by the committee or not.
Dissatisfied KZN African National Congress (ANC) supporters backing Senzo Mchunu during last year’s ANC KZN conference, were demanding a re-run of the leadership elections.
Sihle Zikalala’s camp swept all positions including that of deputy chairperson, provincial secretary, deputy provincial secretary and treasurer during the recent conference.
The supporters alleged that the results of the elections appeared on Twitter while voting was still going on. There were also claims that some non-voting delegates who were accredited as staff members were spotted, casting votes during the conference.
It was then decided that Mchunu should remain the premier of the province.
Mchunu announced his resignation amid rumours of his imminent removal from office and after his obvious absence from the National Prayer Day on Sunday in Durban.
Rumours spread on Friday that the he was about to be fired as a result of the conclusion at a high-level meeting where he was reportedly told that he had bloated staff in his office and also interfered with the jobs of MECs.
A statement released by his office explained that he was unable to attend the prayer day due to other commitments and had asked Transport MEC, Willies Mchunu, to represent him.