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It has been speculated that Nomusa Dube-Ncube, the Member of the Executive Council for KwaZulu-Department Natal's of Finance, may succeed Sihle Zikalala as Premier of the province following the latter's announcement this week that he will resign from his position. This comes as a result of the elective conference that took place in the province a month ago, during which Siboniso Duma was voted in as the chairwoman of the provincial government.

Dube-Ncube and the other two candidates, Amanda Bani and Mbali Fraizer, are scheduled to participate in interviews in the near future. However, Dube-Ncube is regarded as the political heavyweight of the three candidates, which is buoyed by the fact that she also ran a campaign to become the provincial chairperson. Amanda Bani and Mbali Fraizer are expected to participate.Nomusa Dube-Ncube. Photo: Archive

ANC insiders in KwaZulu-Nata

According to Natal, Zikalala's resignation just two weeks after his election loss to Duma for the provincial chairperson's post in the ANC signaled that a slew of changes were imminent, including a reshuffle of the provincial Cabinet. This was said to be the case because Zikalala's resignation came just two weeks after the election. Duma is being considered for a position in the provincial Cabinet, which will give him the opportunity to observe the course the administration takes from the inside.

Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu, Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Peggy Nkonyeni, Human Settlements and Public Works MEC Jomo Sibiya, and Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela are among the individuals who are believed to be at risk in the impending shake-up. On Thursday, the first meeting of the Duma-led provincial executive committee (PEC) took place. At this meeting, the structure of the provincial working committee was established. Mshengu, Nkonyeni, and Sibiya, all of whom are Zikalala's loyalists, were not successful in being re-elected to this position.

Both the mayor of eThekwini, Mxolisi Kaunda, and the speaker of the provincial assembly, Nontembeko Boyce, are at risk of losing their seats as a result of their failure to regain membership in the working committee. The top five members of the party are responsible for steering the organization's political orientation, but the working committee is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the party. Both Mavimbela and Zikalala were eliminated from consideration for membership in the newly elected PEC, which consists of 30 people.

Zikalala was in a precarious situation, and the circumstances demanded that he should resign. He had lately lost the political authority that allowed him to lead the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, therefore his resignation was necessary. Worse even, it's possible that he won't be selected for the new PEC either, which would eliminate him totally from the crucial inner circle of influence in the party that's currently in power.

If he had chosen to continue serving as premier, it would have meant that he would have been in charge of a government executive composed of MECs who had political authority over him. If he had made this choice, he would not be where he is today.

An insider with the ANC in the province was quoted as saying: How can you help write the program that the provincial government will implement if you aren't a member of the PEC? How exactly does one go about organizing MECs or an executive that has political authority over them? Officials and members of the PEC are in charge of running the organization's day-to-day operations.See the source image

The insider went on to say that, at the very least, the top five and the PEC would have needed to find ways of inviting Zikalala to participate in discussions "just to make sure that messages went through, that there was alignment between the party and the government, and that he was aware of the direction." As a direct result of this, Zikalala stormed off in a rage, stating that he was irritated by the narrative that he was against the former president Jacob Zuma and in the camp of the current president Cyril Ramaphosa.

"Some people have suggested that I have betrayed Zuma. I want to make it perfectly clear that I have stood behind him ever since June 14, 2005, which brings us right up to the present day. I believed in him as a leader and respected him for having [shown that he was willing to make sacrifices] so that South Africa could be freed. My backing for him has never been of a personal nature but more of an organizational nature. Zikalala made this declaration: "At no point in time did I strive to gain a job by being affiliated with him."

KZN shake-up looms | Citypress (news24.com)

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