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KZN ANC: Mchunu out of order with Ramaphosa endorsement

The KZN ANC says that while Senzo Mchunu has the right to express his opinion, he should have done so internally.

FILE: Former KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu. Picture: The KZN Office of the Premier Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has described former premier and ANC chair Senzo Mchunu as unprincipled, ambitious and desperate for attention.

This follows Mchunu’s exclusive interview with Eyewitness News in which he lashed out over divisions and factionalism in the party.

He also endorsed deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, saying he doesn’t understand why he can’t take over from President Jacob Zuma.

Mchunu was forced to resign last year after losing the ANC’s provincial leadership race to Sihle Zikalala.

The KZN ANC says that while Mchunu has the right to express his opinion, he should have done so internally.

Spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli comments: "We found that that conduct revealed a deep bitterness on his part."

Mchunu has told Eyewitness News that it pains him to see divisions in the provincial party which he says was united during his tenure.

But Ntuli says this is not true.

"But if there's anyone that must be blamed for the ANC division at the moment, it's him."

The provincial party, which is seen to be backing Nkosazana Dlamini for ANC president, says that Mchunu is out of order by endorsing Ramaphosa.

MCHUNU JOCKEYING FOR POSITION IN ANC SUCCESSION BATTLE

Mchunu's statements are being read as an indication that he’s ready to become a power broker for Ramaphosa and is seeking out a leadership position for himself.

He argues that the tradition of the deputy taking over from the president has been a guiding principle for leadership succession in the African National Congress for years.

Political analyst Lukhona Mnguni says that Mchunu still has a relatively strong constituency in KwaZulu-Natal.

He is referring to disgruntled ANC branches who have taken the party to court, asking it to scrap the organisation’s previous elective conference and nullify the current leadership.

"He is ready to serve and if he is ready to serve, he is ready to be a power broker for Cyril Ramaphosa. I think he is saying, 'My hand is up, let me be considered for a position in this succession battle'."

Mnguni says that the prospect of success for that case is good and adds that if court proceedings are concluded before the elective conference later this year and favours the branches, Mchunu will use his power to lobby for Ramaphosa.

(Edited by Zunaid Ismael)