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Mthembu stalls for time as KZN shuffles its Cabinet

Themba Mthembu has asked the KZN ANC for 24 hours to consider whether he should take the post.

Picture: www.anclive.co.za.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Communist Party (SACP) KwaZulu-Natal provincial secretary Themba Mthembu has confirmed that he has not yet accepted the post of KZN agriculture MEC despite being announced to the post by the provincial ANC.

The appointment was announced today as part of a reshuffle that sees four provincial MECs losing their jobs.

Last month, the KZN ANC ordered Senzo Mchunu to resign before he was replaced as premier by Willies Mchunu.

LISTEN: KZN ANC explains Cabinet reshuffle.

It now appears Mthembu has asked the KZN ANC for 24 hours to consider whether he should take the post.

But KZN ANC spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli says he has to take the post.

"The ANC doesn't negotiate deployment with its own cadres, cadres are subjected to the political authority of the ANC."

And he says the party did nothing wrong by announcing Mthembu's appointment.

"You go ahead and announce in the public the cadreship of the ANC does not choose where it must be deployed but it's the ANC that must choose where its cadreship goes."

Mthembu has appeared to be critical of the KZN ANC when speaking in his position as SACP provincial secretary.

It's also emerged Mthembu was not told about the appointment before it was announced.

The KZN ANC now says it will make an announcement tomorrow about whether Mthembu will be appointed.

The party's provincial spokesperson Ntuli said, "If he decides to resign or not to take that responsibility, that will be his own choice but that doesn't mean the ANC has an obligation to seek his approval on the deployment he must undertake on behalf of the organisation."