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ANC KZN: Further changes to provincial govt to be made by new premier

The ANC said the only decision the party has taken at this stage is the appointment of the new premier.

Sacked KZN premier, Senzo Mchunu. Picture: The KZN Office of the Premier Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal says any further changes to the provincial government will be decided by new Premier Willies Mchunu.

He takes over from Senzo Mchunu whose resignation was announced by the party yesterday.

Spokesperson of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, Mdumiseni Ntuli, said the only decision the party has taken at this stage is the appointment of the new premier.

"The ANC will nominate comrade Willis Mchunu as our candidate for the position of the Premier."

He said, in consultation with the ANC, Mchunu will decide on any changes to be made to his Cabinet.

"Once the new premier is elected, we'll then consult with the leadership of the organisation when he puts together his own executive."

The party said it believes that it handled the matter well and doesn't expect the changes in provincial leadership to negatively affect its supporters.

In a meeting held with the party's leaders last week, [Senzo] Mchunu was given until yesterday to step down for his alleged defiance of the ANC's leadership.

He said he would comply with whatever decisions were taken and would give further updates on his deployment.

Meanwhile, the party said it believed its supporters would accept the decision taken by its leaders to appoint the Transport and Community Safety MEC into the position of the Premier.

The ANC said changes in the provinces leadership are nothing new and are no cause for concern.

Ntuli said he believed the party's supporters had confidence in the decisions taken.

"The majority of our supporters and members would have trust and faith in the decision made by their own leaders."

He said former Premier Mchunu had been offered a position in the National Assembly.

"Yes we're redeploying him to be part of the National Assembly."