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Reports: KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu steps down

It’s reported he's been sacked over his defiance of the ANC leadership on governance issues.

FILE: Senzo Mchunu. Picture: The KZN Office of the Premier Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu has reportedly resigned following a weekend of speculation about his fate.

According to news channel, eNCA, Mchunu was forced to resign over his defiance of the African National Congress' (ANC) leadership on governance issues.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that Mchunu had been ordered by provincial leadership to hand in his resignation this week.

Tensions within the provincial party became visible when Mchunu lost his position as chairperson to Sihle Zikalala during a provincial elective conference last year.

Now it's also alleged his resignation may be followed by a Cabinet reshuffle in KZN.

Following reports of Mchunu's resignation, its expected factions within the ANC in the province will pose a challenge for the party in this year's municipal elections.

Daily Maverick journalist Cyril Madlala says the effects of these factions are being felt beyond the party's leadership structures.

"KwaZulu-Natal never used to have this level of service delivery protests and when you get to the bottom of that you understand that the issue really is around the nominations for the upcoming local elections. But the background to that is people are still divided along these factions."