Senzo Mchunu to come in from the cold?

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - BON­GANI HANS

FOR­MER ANC KwaZulu-Na­tal chair­man Senzo Mchunu could make a dra­matic po­lit­i­cal come­back to a se­nior lead­er­ship po­si­tion at the party’s elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

This is af­ter Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s home re­gion of Vhembe, in Lim­popo, put his name for­ward for one of the se­nior po­si­tions in the party.

Mchunu lost the po­si­tion of pro­vin­cial chair­man to the in­cum­bent, Sihle Zikalala, at a bruis­ing and di­vi­sive elec­tive con­fer­ence in 2015.

Re­gional sec­re­tary An­der­son Mudu­mungu said the re­gion had a high re­gard for Mchunu’s lead­er­ship, and wanted him to be elected as ei­ther na­tional chair­man or trea­surer-gen­eral.

The re­gion also an­nounced yes­ter­day that it had ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to Mchunu to ad­dress an ANC meet­ing at Thu­lamela Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s Ward 32 on Satur­day as part of Ramaphosa’s ANC pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

Ramaphosa, who also en­joys SACP and Cosatu back­ing, would be con­test­ing the po­si­tion of ANC pres­i­dent against for­mer AU Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Dlamini Zuma is backed, among oth­ers, by her for­mer hus­band, Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, the ANC Women’s League, the Umkhonto we Sizwe mil­i­tary vet­er­ans and ANC Youth League.

“Com­rade Senzo is grounded on the prin­ci­ples, aims and ob­jec­tives of the ANC. He is one of those com­rades who can be re­lied on, he is one of those com­rades who can be trusted with the man­age­ment of the ac­tiv­i­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the ANC,” said Mudu­mungu.

He said that un­der Ramaphosa’s lead­er­ship, Mchunu’s po­lit­i­cal ca­reer looked promis­ing.

Mchunu con­firmed last night that he would travel to Vhembe.

“I will have to go there. They are still brief­ing me about what they are ex­pect­ing me to talk about,” he said.

He said that he was not “nec­es­sar­ily” go­ing there to cam­paign for Ramaphosa, but “they want me to just ad­dress them about the ANC”.

“We nor­mally cam­paign for the ANC rather than cam­paign­ing for Ramaphosa. But I would not have a prob­lem talk­ing about Ramaphosa, as much as I would not have a prob­lem talk­ing about many other lead­ers of the ANC,” said Mchunu.

He said he was not aware that he had been ear­marked for a top po­si­tion in the ANC.

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