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Senzo Mchunu not attending the national day of prayer gathering

Premier Mchunu has sent Transport MEC Willies Mchunu to represent him instead.

FILE: KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu. Picture: GCIS.

DURBAN - Following reports that KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu has been asked to step down, it's now been announced that he will not attend today's national day of prayer being held in Durban.

Mchunu has sent Transport MEC Willies Mchunu to represent him instead.

President Jacob Zuma will address civil society and religious leaders at the event.

The premier will not give the opening address at the national prayer day at Kings Park stadium, where several hundred faithful are in attendance.

#PrayerDay Religious leaders of various faiths leading the congregation in prayer. pic.twitter.com/F5TQwKRIyU



#PrayerDay Lots of empty seats in Kings Park for the National prayer day. Zuma to address the crowd shortly. pic.twitter.com/Iy0Z3yGbet



#PrayerDay The crowd goes wild as Jacob Zuma finally arrives at Kings Park, albeit four hours later than scheduled. pic.twitter.com/1vquS2d9o7



#PrayerDay President Jacob Zuma has finally arrived. pic.twitter.com/w0Ws7fRcTd



The transport MEC says he was asked late last night by the premier to stand in for him.

He would not go into details as to why the premier could not attend.

Senzo Mchunu has reportedly been recalled by the African National Congress, and is set to be replaced.

MEC Mchunu told Eyewitness News that he knows nothing about this and again refused to go into any details regarding the speculation of the premier's axing.