Zikalala: ANC conference should be about economic transformation & land

KZN's Tourism MEC has refused to comment on whether he believes former premier Senzo Mchunu is right to say the ANC must change.

ANC KZN chairperson Sihle Zikalala attended the Brand South Africa press conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on 17 January 2017. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

DAVOS - KwaZulu-Natal Tourism MEC and provincial African National Congress (ANC) leader Sihle Zikalala says he believes the ANC's December conference should be about economic transformation and land, and not just leaders.

Zikalala also says he's not going to say whether he believes former KZN premier Senzo Mchunu is right to say the ANC must change, but that he believes most party members want President Jacob Zuma to stay on.

In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, Mchunu indicated that there’s a need for the party to change direction to avoid losing more support.

This was his response when asked about President Zuma’s leadership:

“We do need to change direction.”

Mchunu said if things continue in the direction they are going the ANC will lose elections in 2019.

Zikalala is currently in Davos for the World Economic Forum.

He says the ANC's conference shouldn't be about leadership.

“The 2017 December conference of the ANC should not be reduced to names. It should focus on key issues, especially economic transformation. People are unemployed in South Africa; people do not have land.”

He also says he's watched the deputy president closely in Davos.

“Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa is a good leader of the ANC. I was highly impressed by his presentation especially in that session we had, but I am not here for a leadership discussion in the ANC.”

Zikalala is thought to support the group known as the 'premier league' that may back Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma in December.

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