Race for KZN pre­mier in full swing

MCHUNUS: Nei­ther step­ping back

Weekend Witness - - News - MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA

KWAZULU-NATAL ANC re­gional sec­re­taries were locked up in a meet­ing last night in an ap­par­ent last minute at­tempt to find a com­pro­mise on the lead­er­ship race for the party’s pro­vin­cial chair­man.

At the time of go­ing to press nei­ther Trans­port MEC Willies Mchunu nor Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Senzo Mchunu had stepped down from the race to suc­ceed out­go­ing chair­man Zweli Mkhize.

It is un­der­stood that party lead­ers were hop­ing that the va­cant chair­man po­si­tion be not con­tested to safe­guard unity of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Ad­dress­ing the pro­vin­cial gen­eral coun­cil (PGC) in Dur­ban, Mkhize said the is­sue of the con­test among the Mchunus had been dis­cussed by the lead­er­ship. “The sec­re­taries have worked out on how democ­racy will take its course,” he told del­e­gates.

Speak­ing at the PGC, Presi- dent Ja­cob Zuma called for unity. “The ANC is not about fight­ing for po­si­tions. It is about ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment and sac­ri­fice.”

How­ever, he said con­test among the Mchunus re­minded him of when he was in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion when no one was will­ing to step down in their group. He re­called when he con­tested the chair­man­ship against the late Harry Gwala and Jus­tice Min­is­ter Jeff Radebe — peo­ple whom he had worked with for a long time.

“We were in the same univer­sity. Com­rades wanted to sep­a­rate the three. One of the three won. I can’t re­mem­ber the name,” he said to laugh­ter from del­e­gates when he re­ferred to how he had won through a se­cret bal­lot.

He said the Mchunus, un­re­lated to one an­other, were in the same sit­u­a­tion.

Zuma said just like him, Gwala and Radebe, they had all along worked to­gether and were now all of a sud­den vy­ing for the same po­si­tion.

“They have been like twins. They worked to­gether all the time. Th­ese are the com­rades the del­e­gates feel should lead,” Zuma said.

He said there was noth­ing un­usual in the Mchunus be­ing nom­i­nated for the same lead­er­ship po­si­tion.

How­ever, Zuma said re­gard­less of the out­come of the vote, all should ac­cept the out­come and the duo should still work to­gether. Ear­lier Zuma qui­etly ar­rived while the PGC was in progress with Willies Mchunu call­ing the del­e­gates to cre­ate a “con­fer­ence mood”. He was ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to the lack of vi­brant singing of rev­o­lu­tion­ary songs.

But as soon as Zuma ar­rived del­e­gates livened up and one del­e­gate from the Moses Mab­hida re­gion started singing NguMsholozi lo, Zange­bam­bona (this is msholozi; they have never seen him) and the whole house broke into song.


(From left) KZN ANC’s deputy chair Willies Mchunu yes­ter­day shares a light moment with ri­val, KZN ANC sec­re­tary Senzo Mchunu at the open­ing of the three-day ANC Pro­vin­cial Gen­eral Coun­cil be­ing held at the UKZN Westville cam­pus in Dur­ban. Both men have been nom­i­nated to con­test the chair and premier­ship of KZN.

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